If you suffer an injury in a car accident, you may be entitled to substantial compensation from the responsible party. While the large majority of auto accidents occur because another driver acted in a negligent manner, driver error is not always the cause of an accident. In some instances, dangerous road conditions can cause drivers to lose control of their vehicles and collide with other cars, objects, bicyclists, pedestrians, and more. Victims of accidents caused by dangerous roads still deserve to recover for all of their accident-related injuries and losses. However, lawsuits involving dangerous road accidents can be particularly complicated.
The Florida Department of Transportation and local government entities are responsible for keeping the highways and roads within the state safe for use by drivers, bicyclists, and more. First, engineers are expected to design roads that are safe for public use. All roads should have the proper functional guardrails, traffic signals, and signs warning of potentially hazardous intersections or conditions.
Over time, roads should be maintained properly and repaired in a timely fashion when necessary. Additionally, all construction crews working on Florida roads should properly warn motorists that they are approaching a construction zone, and they should make sure no equipment, workers, or other debris is in the path of passing traffic.
Causes of Dangerous Road Accidents
Unfortunately, the above standards for safe Florida roadways are not always met and accidents do occur due to dangerous roads. Some common causes of accidents include the following:
The above dangerous road conditions and more can cause devastating accidents and injuries for motorists. Resulting accidents may involve only one car or may cause a chain reaction involving numerous vehicles. Regardless of how many motorists were involved in the accident, the government entity or construction company responsible for the dangerous road condition should be held liable for all of the resulting injuries and damage.
Motorists are not the only ones at risk of accidents caused by dangerous road conditions. Bicyclists also often suffer injury on defective or poorly maintained roads. If you are riding a bicycle at the speed limit and suddenly hit a pothole, you will almost certainly get thrown over the handlebars onto the road or even into oncoming traffic. As you can imagine, you may suffer serious and often life-threatening injuries in such situations.
Cases arising from dangerous road accidents often pose certain challenges, since the accident victims are usually filing a claim against the government entity responsible for the road. Florida has specific laws regarding lawsuits against the government, and the law gives government entities certain protections against legal action.
For this reason, if you have suffered injury in an accident due to a dangerous road condition, you should always contact a Florida attorney who is familiar with this type of case to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. You can call us at (386) 777-7777 or fill out our online contact form below for a free case evaluation.