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Were Poor Road Conditions Responsible for Your Injuries?

By The Husband and Wife Law Team on March 15, 2022

Safe drivers check their mirrors and get their cars serviced regularly to make sure their brakes and other safety equipment are working properly. They also drive defensively to protect themselves and their passengers from careless drivers who don’t always follow the rules. But even when you take all these safety precautions, you still may suffer injuries in an accident caused by unsafe road conditions.

Obstructed traffic signs, unmarked curves, and deteriorating highways are just a few of the unsafe road conditions that may cause an accident that harms you or a loved one. If it turns out that your injuries occurred due to the negligence of city, county, or state officials, it can be very difficult to file a claim that will provide fair compensation to cover the cost of your medical care and other expenses caused by your injuries.

In Arizona, suing the government is tough and complicated, even when they are clearly in the wrong. Although your injuries may be the direct result of government malfeasance, you only have 180 days to locate the people who are responsible for your accident and begin the legal process. In these cases, it’s essential to work with a qualified car accident attorney who has the experience and resources to take on the government.

Dangerous Road Conditions Can Get Your Hurt

The government is required to maintain a safe roadway. Poorly designed roads and lack of regular maintenance can cause serious hazards that lead to devastating accidents. Sometimes roads can go years without receiving necessary repairs.

Poor road design, faulty construction, and bad traffic management can all lead to hazards that may get drivers hurt or even killed, including:

  • Potholes
  • Debris
  • Icy roads
  • Cracked and broken roads
  • Obstructed signs and signals
  • Improperly paved roads
  • Blind corners and unmarked curves
  • Flooding caused by clogged drainage
  • Poor traffic control in construction zones
  • Inadequate guardrails on sharp curves and overpasses or above ditches

Holding the Government Accountable

According to the general theory of liability, the government should respond to road hazards in a reasonable amount of time. They are expected to perform regular maintenance, conduct surveys, and respond to citizen complaints about hazards as soon as possible.

If you are injured in an accident caused by the negligence of government officials, your personal injury lawyer will conduct a thorough investigation to determine who is responsible. It may turn out to be a government agency or a third party who was contracted to perform roadwork or construction.

Once your attorney has located the parties who are responsible for your injuries, they need to act fast because the Arizona Notice of Claim Statute requires you to file the correct paperwork within 180 days of the incident to begin the legal process that will allow you to seek a claim to cover the cost of your injuries.

Getting the Compensation You Deserve

Damages caused by faulty roads may include money to pay for:

  • Medical bills
  • Surgeries
  • Emergency room treatment
  • Ambulance transport
  • Future medical costs
  • Rehabilitation
  • Lost wages
  • Reduced earning capacity

Injuries caused by roadway hazards may include the following types of serious injuries that could require extensive medical care:

Were You Injured in an Accident?

If you or a loved were hurt in an accident caused by another person’s negligence, an experienced legal team can help you recover the financial losses you have suffered.

Call The Husband & Wife Legal Team at (602) 457-6222 for a FREE case evaluation. We know how to take on the government and win!

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