Data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that car accidents were responsible for injuries that sent in excess of 2.3 million adult passengers and drivers to emergency departments in 2009. While the vast majority of motor vehicle accidents are the result of driver error, a significant number happen as the direct result of defective highway design.
Defective highway design accidents can involve one or multiple vehicles, and are capable of causing injuries as serious as those sustained in any other car crash. It is important, therefore, for individuals who have been injured in motor vehicle accidents in which defective highway design played a role to seek legal representation as soon as possible.
Generally speaking, state and local governments are responsible for the design and maintenance of Florida highways. As is the case with private parties, governments have a duty to ensure that the roads built and maintained are safe for use by the general public. Unfortunately, errors are bound to occur, sometimes with disastrous consequences for victims. Some of the more common examples of defective highway design that can lead to accidents include the following:
Under the legal doctrine of sovereign immunity, governments are immune from lawsuits except to the extent to which they have consented to be sued. Fortunately for Florida residents, the Florida Tort Claims Act has authorized such suits, although with certain limitations regarding how long you have to file a suit as well as caps on damages.
Because suing the government is always a complicated matter, people injured in defective highway design accidents should always be sure to discuss their case with an experienced personal injury lawyer familiar with these kinds of cases. You can call us at (386) 777-7777 or fill out our online contact form below for a free case evaluation. Get the compensation you deserve.