Improper Road Design or Maintenance
Truck Accident Attorney in Sacramento Helps Victims of Improper Road Design or Maintenance Accidents
Roadway design and maintenance are important components of traffic safety. Unfortunately, roadway defects have been the cause of many accidents in California. Highways with hazardous conditions like potholes, sinkholes, construction zone defects and Caltrans failure can cause serious collisions with vehicles. When a truck gets in an accident, the damages could are usually much more severe given the weight and size of the truck. In you have been injured in an accident, call our office to speak with a qualified accident attorney in Sacramento to discuss your injuries.
Dangerous roads can result from a faulty design, faulty construction, faulty maintenance or faulty adaption to changing conditions. If you or a loved one has been injured from a truck collision, an attorney is necessary to assess whether any or all road problems contributed to the accident.
What Is a Defective Roadway?
Defective roadway designs can vary across many different features. Some examples include:
- Merging lanes that simply aren’t long enough
- Tight curves that can’t safely accommodate posted speed limits
- Improper lane width
- Improper signage
- Improper grading
- Blind intersections
A skilled lawyer has the knowledge and expertise to determine whether the cause of the accident was poor engineering design or road defects. Contact an attorney who can advise you in your situation.
Common Injuries Due to Road Construction Accidents
Accidents vary and so do the injuries stemming from them. Some of the more common injuries that can occur due to a roadway defect is:
- Broken bones
- Neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Head trauma
- Permanent scarring
- Chronic injuries
If you have suffered any of the injuries listed above or a different injury from a truck accident caused by a defective road, you are entitled to compensation to pay for hospitalization, doctor appointments, lost work wages, pain and suffering and more!
Who Is Liable for a Defective Road?
California streets, highways and interstates are maintained by either the California Department of Transportation (CalTrans) or by a county, city or other local government. Every case is different and it requires a skilled lawyer to know who would be responsible for that defect. The government bodies that control these roads have strong defenses put in place. Because of this, proving a road caused the accident can be a challenge. If our government fails to keep the roads safe for us, we need to hold them accountable.
If government entities try to use “government immunity” as their defense, a skilled lawyer can establish liability through various ways including: 1) failure by contractors to follow the original approved plan or 2) reckless government conduct: the government knew or should have known that the failure to install safety of cautions signs would lead to damages. Again, every case is different and if you’ve been injured from truck accident due to road defects, contact an experienced attorney.
What to Do After an Accident
If you’ve been in an accident involving a truck, you shouldn’t wait to contact a lawyer. Because suing the government is tricky, you need to act quickly so your lawyer can gather evidence and make a claim. Your attorney may need to have the car and road examined quickly, before any changes are made. A skilled lawyer will already have established relationships with engineers and construction experts to reveal that the government is responsible for the accident.
Call us if you were injured from a truck accident at (916) 299-8131.
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