When we get behind the wheel, we expect to drive on roads that are safe and free of hazardous conditions. Unfortunately, when roads are not properly maintained, they can lead to serious accidents and injuries. If you have been injured in an accident caused by a design defect in the road, you may be able to seek compensation for your harm. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our Miami injury attorneys can use our resources and experience to help you navigate the legal process.
Poor design, shoddy construction, and insufficient maintenance can cause or contribute to serious accidents. Other dangerous issues on the road that can cause collisions include but are not limited to:
- Steep embankments;
- Poorly placed guard rails and barriers;
- Poorly positioned signs;
- Improperly placed or malfunctioning traffic control signs;
- Dangerously deep potholes.
Accident victims can recover a variety of damages in Florida. These damages typically include vehicle damage, medical bills, lost wages, rehabilitation costs, pain and suffering, disability, and any other losses stemming from the accident. Our firm can help you determine an appropriate amount of damages in your case. This is a complex part of any claim, but we understand how to put a dollar value on your losses.
Winning a claim that involves an accident caused by a defective road is much more complicated than most car accident cases. Legal liability in such cases is complex because multiple parties may be at fault, including the government. Municipalities and government agencies are responsible for maintaining roads. Pursuing damages from government agencies can be challenging, since these entities have certain legal protections and immunity from tort liability. There are strict timelines and shorter deadlines when it comes to taking legal action against a city, municipality, or other governmental body.
Property owners and managers are responsible for maintaining the road or providing proper signage on the road. If the road defect that caused the accident was on private property, such as a business, you may be able to seek damages through a negligence claim against the property owner. Negligence is a failure to use reasonable care that results in an injury or death to another person. Reasonable care is defined as how a prudent person would act under the same or similar circumstances.
A private engineering or construction company hired by the government may also be liable for an accident caused by a road defect. In other cases, another motorist may be at least partially at fault, even if a road defect played a role. With so many potentially liable parties, it is imperative for a skilled attorney to examine the circumstances of the case.
If you have sustained injuries or lost a loved one in an accident caused by a defect in the road, you may be able to take legal action against the at-fault party. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our diligent Miami car accident attorneys can advise you of your legal options and help you pursue the compensation you deserve in your case. We proudly represent clients from across South Florida and offer a free case evaluation to each and every prospective client. To learn more, call us at 1-877-499-HURT (4878) or contact us through our website.
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