A difficult left turn, a sharp curve, or a large pothole can all be causes of serious accidents. If you or someone you know has been injured or killed due to a dangerous or defective road condition, it is important to seek the help of a skilled Miami injury attorney who can assess the merits of your case. We proudly represent clients who have been hurt as a result of poorly designed or maintained public roadways.
There are both federal and Florida laws set in place to protect motorists from dangers on the road. These laws typically govern how and when construction can take place, as well as when certain warnings and gradients must be used.
There are many different ways that roads can lead to serious accidents and resulting injuries, including but not limited to the following:
- Confusing, distracting, or difficult to read signs;
- Medians or traffic islands that are not visible or difficult to see at night;
- Gradients or slopes that are too steep;
- Malfunctioning or missing traffic signals;
- Potholes, cracks, or unmarked dips and speed bumps on the road;
- Inadequate guardrails;
- Poorly marked construction zones;
- Highways that have not been properly maintained; or
- Blind corners resulting from a design flaw.
When a person is injured because of a dangerous or defective road condition, the city could be liable. It is important to note, however, that holding a government entity accountable for negligence is difficult, and different rules may apply than when you are trying to hold another individual accountable. This is where having a skilled attorney on your side can make all the difference in your case. We can thoroughly examine your case and determine which parties may be liable and how to pursue a claim against each of those parties.
As mentioned above, accident claims are typically rooted in the theory of negligence. Negligence takes place when a person or entity fails to adhere to a certain standard of care and ends up causing harm to someone else. Negligence claims are filed to show fault. In order to prove negligence, the plaintiff must show by a preponderance of the evidence that the defendant owed him or her a duty of care, that the defendant breached this duty of care, and that the defendant’s breach was a direct cause of your harm.
Once negligence is established, the plaintiff can seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, disability, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and more. Each case is different, and the exact amount of compensation you will receive will vary based on the details of your case.
Dangerous roadway conditions can quickly lead to devastation. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our Miami car accident attorneys can carry out a thorough investigation into what happened. You can trust that we can vigorously advocate for your rights at each step of the way and try to get you full and fair compensation for your harm. We proudly represent clients from across South Florida. For more information, call us at 1-877-499-HURT (4878) or contact us online today.
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