Accidents Caused by Defective Roadway Design
Philadelphia Auto Accident Lawyers Investigate Dangerous Road Defects
Motor vehicle accidents are not only caused by negligent drivers but also sometimes result from poor highway design or other defects caused by lack of maintenance. An unsafe highway ramp or missing traffic signs can create dangerous conditions that may make a crash unavoidable in certain situations. However, it is possible to hold those parties accountable who have created defective and hazardous roadways. These parties may include designers and contractors as well as the state or county responsible for maintaining the road. If you sustained injuries in an accident due to dangerous road conditions, you may be able to collect compensation for medical bills, lost wages and related expenses through a personal injury claim.
At the law firm of Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C., our experienced auto accident lawyers work with experts in road design and engineering. We can investigate the area where your car accident occurred to determine whether design defects or poor maintenance caused the wreck. If we find evidence of such issues, then we will work to recover the maximum compensation possible from the liable parties. We have decades of experience succeeding in these types of catastrophic personal injury claims, even those against government bodies. In one such case, we represented a client who sustained a serious traumatic brain injury in a collision with a UPS semi truck. In the end, the settlement obtained by our attorneys included compensation from the City of Philadelphia for negligent maintenance of the highway exit ramp where the crash occurred.
What are Common Types of Roadway Defects?
There are many different types of highway defects that can cause motor vehicle accidents and catastrophic injuries, such as:
- Unsafe ramps to and from freeways.
- Improper or missing warning or crossing signs.
- Construction areas causing unnecessary hazards, especially due to debris and lack of warning signs.
- Failure to protect motorists from dangerous roadside hazards.
- Uneven pavement.
- Lack of prompt action to correct dangerous potholes.
- Unsafe or defective highway guardrails.
- Poor intersection design, including lack of traffic signals and/or stop signs.
- Shoulder drop-off caused by lack of maintenance.
- Dangerous lane design, including merge areas and narrow turns.
- Poor drainage, causing dangerous standing water and/or runoff.
These defects may result from poor initial road design, lack of upkeep or errors in construction. Some roadway defects, such as lack of highway guardrails, may not directly cause a motor vehicle accident. Instead some defects contribute to the injuries and damages that result. In either case, you may be entitled to compensation for these defects.
Who is Liable When Road Defects Cause a Car Accident?
Most roads in Pennsylvania and across the United States are public property and are maintained by government agencies or bodies. This means that if roadway design defects or poor upkeep causes or contributes to your car accident, you may have to bring a personal injury claim against the government. Depending on the location of your crash, this can be the state, county, township or possibly even the federal government. These kinds of claims are different from other types of lawsuits, and special rules may apply. For example, the statute of limitations may be different for personal injury claims against the government.
Due to the complex nature of claims against states and other government bodies, you should always consult with experienced auto accident lawyers before filing a lawsuit. Our law firm has a history of success with these types of claims. Previously, we have fought and won cases against the City of Philadelphia, the City of New York and more.
Learn More in a Free Consultation with Our Philadelphia Auto Accident Lawyers
Whether your car accident resulted from state or county road defects, or defects on highways and interstates caused by independent contractors, our attorneys are here to help. We have the resources to handle any claims involving non-fatal and fatal motor vehicle accidents caused by defective roadway design.
If you or a loved one sustained serious car accident injuries due to defective roadway design, then contact us today. Our car accident attorneys in Philadelphia or New Jersey can explain your legal rights and options with no obligation. We offer free initial consultations and handle cases on a contingency fee basis. So you pay nothing unless we get results for you.