Dangerous road conditions contribute to car accidents and serious injuries to those involved.
Driver errors such as speeding, drunk driving, and distracted driving are a leading cause of car accidents in Missouri. Dangerous road conditions can also be a contributing factor. If you have been injured in such an accident, our St. Louis motor vehicle accident lawyer from The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. may be able to help.
Responsibility of State and Local Authorities
There are a number of different government agencies who are responsible for maintaining Missouri roadways and ensuring that they are safe for drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians. Among the many responsibilities they have, maintaining the roadways include:
- Installing correct road signs in the right places.
- Maintaining adequate lighting for all roads.
- Maintaining pavement markings.
- Ensuring traffic signals are in proper working order.
If you are in a car accident that was caused by a hazardous road condition, the governing agency in charge of the roadway could be responsible for compensating you for the damages and injuries incurred. A St. Louis car accident lawyer can help you determine if filing a claim against them is a viable option.
Unsafe Road Conditions
Unsafe road conditions you could receive compensation for include:
- Potholes and cracks in the roadway.
- Fallen signs or those that have been obscured by trees.
- Markings in the road that are not visible from the driver’s seat.
- The absence of guard rails on curves or overpasses.
- Poor signage or traffic controls in a construction zone.
- Construction vehicles and materials that cause a driver to lose sight of the road.
Proving a Claim for Liability
Since you first need to determine which government agency is at fault if one of these conditions caused your accident, you are going to need the assistance of a qualified St. Louis car accident attorney. You may not even be aware of what caused the crash until a thorough investigation unveils the cause. When filing a claim for a car accident against any public entity, you will need to prove five elements in order to be eligible for compensation:
- That the government agency owned or was in control of the road that was involved in the accident.
- That the roadway was in a dangerous condition at the time that the accident occurred.
- The dangerous condition directly caused the accident.
- The way in which the accident occurred was a scenario that the government agency could have anticipated.
- The dangerous condition in the roadway was a result of the government agency’s carelessness or that the public entity failed to take action in a reasonable amount of time after receiving notice that the dangerous condition existed.
Because of the complexity involved in this type of lawsuit, you will need legal representation. Contact The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. at (314) 361-4242 to evaluate your case.