Substandard Road Conditions and Your Car Accident

Substandard Road Conditions and Your Car Accident

An overwhelming majority of auto accidents are the direct result of a driver’s carelessness. If you were injured by a distracted driver, a reckless driver, or a driver under the influence you would, in all probability, file a claim against the negligent driver’s insurance carrier. 

What if substandard road maintenance was to blame for your accident? From whom would you obtain the financial compensation you need to pay your medical bills, replace your lost income, and cover other losses?

Poor Road Conditions

You might find the information discussed below useful if your car accident was caused by a:

Substandard Road Conditions and Your Car Accident

  • Pothole
  • Sharp shoulder drop-off
  • Uncontrolled work zone
  • Absence of sufficient signage
  • Broken traffic signal
  • Icy or snowy bridge
  • Oil spill
  • Missing guardrail
  • Decaying concrete
  • Jagged road surfacing

Here is a quick summary of the various entities who could be responsible for car accidents caused by substandard road conditions:

  • Government Agencies: State, county, and city bureaus are liable for the general upkeep of the roadways. Due to the fact that various government bodies have various duties, the upkeep of a particular roadway might be controlled by more than one agency. For instance, the city might be in charge of de-icing the streets in the winter while the state is responsible for any paving work such as filling potholes.
  • Other Drivers: When road conditions are unsatisfactory, motorists have a duty to regulate their speed accordingly. This means that in some situations, drivers are able to be held at least somewhat responsible for accidents that were prompted by hazardous road conditions. Drivers, however, are not necessarily required to show a responsibility to counterbalance issues such as potholes or malfunctioning stoplights. If the driver had no reasonable way of being aware of the hazardous condition existed, they are likely not going to be held liable for any crash that resulted from it.

How Long Do I Have to File Against A Government Entity?

Here in Mississippi, the basic statute of limitations for negligence-based personal injury lawsuits is three years. Those who wish to file against a government entity, however, have only one year in which they may file. On top of that, they will be required to present a notice of claim no less than 90 days before they file.

 No one should have to try to take on the complex and complicated act of filing a lawsuit on their own. After almost four decades of legal practice, the Mississippi-based law offices of Germany Law Firm, PLLC know exactly what it takes to win your case. 

Our skilled personal injury attorneys pride themselves on their hard-earned distinguished reputations and the extensive legal knowledge that they have built up throughout their careers.

If you have recently been injured due to the negligence of another driver, then we strongly urge you to reach out to a qualified personal injury attorney by giving us a call at (601) 487-0555 and scheduling an appointment for a  free case evaluation so that we can advise you on the best course of legal action for your situation.