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Who Is Liable When Road Defects Cause a Car Accident?

Who Is Liable When Road Defects Cause a Car Accident?

Car accidents aren’t only caused by negligent drivers—sometimes they can occur as a result of poor highway design or other defects caused by lack of maintenance. An unsafe highway ramp, a missing traffic sign, an inadequate shoulder, a lack of a stoplight and an unmarked road dip can create dangerous conditions that may cause a crash. If you do crash because of a road defect, who can be held liable?

Road Defect Liability

Most roads and freeways in Los Angeles and California are public property and are maintained by the government. If a roadway design defect or poor upkeep causes or contributes to your car accident, you may bring a claim against the government; depending on the location of the crash, this can be the county, state, or even the federal government. You may also be able to hold designers or contractors and their respective employers accountable for defective and hazardous roadways.

It’s also important to note that suing a governmental entity under the California Tort Claims Act (CTCA) requires that a person file a claim within 180 days, or 6 months, from the date of their injury. This statute of limitations is vastly shorter than that for personal injury claims, so you must be quick to act.

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If you sustained injuries in an accident due to dangerous road conditions, you may be able to collect compensation for medical bills, property damage, lost wages and other expenses. Our Los Angeles product liability attorneys at Shoop | A Professional Law Corporation have experience serving clients who have been victims of road design defects. We can investigate the area where your car accident occurred to determine whether design defects or poor maintenance caused the wreck. If we find evidence, we can work to recover the maximum compensation possible from the liable parties.

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