Stockton Auto Accident Attorney Talks About Auto & Truck Accidents Due to Defective Roadways
Accidents can happen for a variety of reasons. Humans are distractible, technology fails, and the unexpected happens. Arguably, one of the only things out of our control is the roads we drive on: what they look like, how they’re maintained, and how safe they are. Truck accidents in these situations are far more severe. When roads are ill maintained, everyone loses, and your life could be altered forever. These are called defective roadways. If you are involved in a car accident due to a defective roadway and injuries are sustained because of it, speak with an experienced Stockton auto accident attorney for legal help.
What is a Defective Roadway?
Dangerous roads can arise from faulty execution (design, construction, maintenance), or failure to adapt to changing conditions. Driving on a defective roadway can reveal itself in many ways, for example:
- Merging lanes that are not long enough
- Tight curves that do not comply with posted speed limits
- Narrow Lanes
- Potholes (Poor road maintenance)
- Improper signage
- Improper grading
- Blind intersections
Who is Liable for a Defective Roadway?
California roadways are maintained by either the California Department of Transportation (CalTrans) or by a government entity (local, state, etc.). Since these cases are often levied against the government in this situation, it takes a nuanced defense to avoid the loopholes the government creates in order to hold them accountable. These cases are intimidating, and taking on the government can seem impossible, but our experienced attorneys can make sure the law is on your side for your best chance at compensation.
State governments will try to use their immunity from liability however, there are different courses of action you can take to establish liability. A personal injury attorney can help you establish liability by:
- proving contractors failed to follow the original approved plan or
- the government acted recklessly. Every case is different and only a skilled attorney can find the right defense for your claim.
Legal defense can help to establish liability for governments or government institutions in these cases. These charges are either toward the contractor that the government hired to carry out the job, or negligence on the part of the institution. There is a statute of limitations for bringing claims against the government so reach out to a knowledgeable attorney who can fight your claim and get you the compensation you deserve.
If you or a loved one has been injured from a truck collision, consultation with a Stockton auto accident attorney is necessary to assess whether any or all road problems contributed to the accident. Please call today to begin building a claim.