What if my Car Accident was Caused by Poor Road Conditions?

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What if my Car Accident was Caused by Poor Road Conditions?

Car Accident Info

Negligent drivers are not the only causes of car accidents. Some collisions occur due to poorly maintained  or badly designed roads. If your car accident was due to this, the jurisdiction responsible for that road– whether municipal, county, state or federal– might prove liable for your injuries.

A Newport News car accident attorney from Rutter Mills can determine which government agencies are responsible for the issue resulting in your crash. We can also help you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries.

Common Poor Road Conditions

Other circumstances, such as speeding, may contribute to the accident, but poor road conditions can make the outcome much worse. For example, a person is driving too fast down a road and hits a pothole. The driver loses control of the car and strikes another vehicle.

Common poor road conditions resulting in or exacerbating accidents include:

  • Potholes
  • Sinkholes
  • Missing or damaged road signs
  • Exposed rebar
  • Debris in the roadway
  • Lack of adequate lighting
  • Illegible road markings
  • Missing guardrails
  • Lack of winter road treatment

Further, poorly maintained roads lead to delays and congestion. When a government agency fails to maintain and upgrade its infrastructure, all drivers are affected.

What to Do After an Accident

Take photos of the accident scene. Call 911 and make sure the police officer records the road conditions in their report. Always seek immediate medical attention, even if you do not think you were seriously injured. Without a prompt medical examination, the insurance company may deny your claim.

Statute of Limitations

Typically, personal injury lawsuits require filing within two years of the accident date, as per the Commonwealth’s statute of limitations. When a public entity is involved, however, the timeframe is much shorter.

In Virginia, the injured party has one year in which to file a Notice of Claim with the agency in question. Which agency is in charge of a particular roadway is often confusing, and it is a complicated matter for an individual to file on their own. Our car accident lawyers know which entities require Notice of Claim filings based on the location.

There is an exception to this statute of limitations. If a child was injured in the accident, they could wait until their 19th birthday to file a claim against the state or a local government.

Contact us for a free consultation

If you or a loved one were seriously injured in a motor vehicle crash caused by poor road conditions, you need the services of an experienced car accident lawyer at Rutter Mills. Contact us via text or phone 24/7, or submit our online form to schedule a free consultation. We will evaluate your claim and let you know whether you have a case against the government agency in charge of the road. There is never a fee unless we win.

Contact a Rutter Mills attorney to speak about your case today.

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