Whether it’s a car accident or a motorcycle accident, it can be fairly easily represented by witnesses who have seen who exactly is at fault. It can be the driver who is over speeding or another form of recklessness, or maybe the accident is caused by a faulty part of the vehicle. In all or any situations it can be easily determined what caused the accident and the person at fault will be responsible for liabilities. But in a situation whereby the accident was caused by dangerous hazard conditions, it can be a complex process to determine the liability.
What Cause Hazard Related Accidents?
Harsh weather and poor road maintenance are of the key factors that lead to hazard-related accidents. When heavy rainfall water finds its way beneath the paved road the foundation begins to erode the road, then starts to crack and as time goes on potholes develop or sometimes the asphalt can break up and off into bigger holes. Due to poor maintenance, these roads become dangerous and often cause one too many accidents.
There are also other dangerous conditions that aren’t caused by hazards, they’re caused by poor maintenance. This may include overgrown trees that can block driver’s views, faulty traffic lights, and many more dangerous issues. These conditions create unsafe driving conditions and lead to accidents frequently. Confusing intersections, no adequate medians, and poorly marked exits are also other factors that cause road accidents.
Personal Injury Claims For Hazardous Road Conditions
If you’re involved in an accident that’s caused by another person’s recklessness, you’re eligible to make a personal injury claim and all your damages will be covered. But in a situation where the accident was caused by hazardous road condition, the process is going to be more challenging since a lot of research and investigation is involved before coming to a final conclusion. There are a lot of factors involved before a decision is made; it depends on who owns the road.
Based on Florida law that governs public transportation, public roads are categorized into 4 systems;
- State highway system.
- State road system.
- County road system.
- City street system.
It’s the duty of each of these government entities to maintain their roads so that they’re safe for drivers to use. If these roads aren’t maintained, one or more of these entities may liable for the claim. So you can see that when it comes to accidents caused by poor road conditions most of the time you’ll be dealing with government entities.
Do you think it’s going to be easy to win your case against the government alone without professional help? Of course, you need help. In situations like these, you must find a reputable lawyer to make the claims for you. Only he knows the rules of this system and can help you throughout the process. There are a lot of limitations when it comes making such claims and that makes it even more difficult to deal with.
How Can You Get Yourself A Good Personal Injury Lawyer?
One of the best ways to start your hunt for a good lawyer is by contacting friends and family members who’ve had good experience working with a particular lawyer so that you can be referred to them. You should still check their reviews online to make sure they have what you’re looking for.
Beware of lawyers that contact you for your personal injury claims, some lawyers are known to chase ambulances so that they obtain more clients. This form of solicitation is unethical and you should avoid ambulance chasers at all costs.
Gather All Possible Evidence
Before your case began there is the need to document everything and provide this to your lawyer. There is a lot of paperwork and evidence to be had since you’re dealing with a road hazard accident. Some documents that will be needed include;
- Your medical reports, both before and after the accident if available.
- If police are involved you should get the accident report, you can request this at the police station.
- Take pictures of the accident scene if you can, also including all the injuries sustained.
- Write down all the necessary details related to the accident including date, time, location and the road condition.
The better documentation that you provide, the better the chance you have at winning your claim. If you’re a victim of a road accident contact us at Massey & Duffy for a free consultation.