Most truck accidents are caused by driver’s negligent deeds such as speeding, failing to yield, or distracted driving. But for others, factors such as poor road conditions come into play and can lead to accidents that may injure other drivers, passengers, or pedestrians.
In most cases, insurance companies may try to put the blame on the driver instead of holding the local government liable for the accident and the resulting damages.
As a driver, you expect to drive on properly built and safe roads. So, when roadway problems such as potholes, debris, or other hazards cause an accident, you have the right to demand compensation to help you recover from your injuries suffered.
A Mount Pleasant accident caused by roadway problems attorney from George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers can help you seek fair compensation if you have suffered injuries in a truck accident caused by roadway problems.
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Common Types of Road Hazards
Some of the common causes of road problems that can potentially cause accidents may include:
- Steep road shoulder drop-offs
- Faulty guardrails
- Overgrown trees
- Lack of proper signs
- Inadequate lighting
- Poorly maintained road surfaces
- Unmarked road features such as bumps
- Construction zone hazards
- Flawed roadway design and construction
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We Can Help You Establish Liability for Truck Accidents Caused by Roadway Problems
If a truck accident was caused by some of the roadway problems listed above, you may be wondering which party could be liable. Mostly, the government responsible for maintaining the road where your accident took place may be held accountable.
But in some cases, some other party other than the government can be held responsible. Establishing the liable party in this situation is important to bring the proper party to the action and file a solid claim for compensation.
Government Agencies and Municipalities
The city, county, or state that is mandated to maintain the road where your accident occurred may be held responsible if poor conditions of the road caused the accident.
In other words, the party responsible to maintain the roads is the same party responsible for any damage caused when the roads are not reasonably safe. For this reason, you have the right to demand compensation under the South Carolina Tort Claims Act.
Private companies hired to design or build a road on behalf of the government may be held accountable if they failed in their duty to design and build safe roadways. They may also be held accountable if they did not meet their duties in maintaining the roadways and the result caused your accident.
Filing a claim that may involve a government entity can be challenging. Fortunately, an accident caused by roadway problems lawyer in Mount Pleasant understands the intricacies of such cases and can help you build a strong case for your claim.
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We Will Pursue a Personal Injury Claim on Your Behalf
In order to hold the state or city responsible for the accident, the victim will need to prove that first, the city or state owes a duty of care to drivers and all other road users to keep roadways reasonably safe to use.
Secondly, to show that the city or state breached the duty of care it owes drivers, putting motorists at risk to dangerous conditions that may be preventable. The victim will need to show that the breach of duty is the direct cause of the accident and file their claim.
Having proven negligence, you could be awarded compensation from the agency responsible for the construction of the project. However, it is imperative to gather as much evidence as possible in order to build a compelling case.
Our team can help you collect evidence that links road damage to the cause of the accident in which you were hurt. The evidence may include but is not limited to:
- Photos from the scene showing road conditions
- Witness statements to corroborate your side of the story
- Maintenance reports from the party responsible for maintaining the road
- Documentation of a previously reported problem
- The original design of the roadway, which might point out a defect in planning or a failure to execute the original design accurately
- Weather reports uncovering any possible conditions that may have contributed to your crash
In addition to the aforementioned pieces of evidence, our legal team will collect your medical records, work with medical experts to determine the severity of your injuries and calculate the total value of your recoverable damages.
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We Can Help You Recover Fair Compensation
Our roadway problems accident attorneys in Mount Pleasant will fight for your full and fair compensation after a truck accident. Economic compensatory damages that you may recover include:
- Hospital bills including the past, ongoing, and future costs
- ER bills
- Surgery bills
- Lost wages
- Lost earning potential
- Court costs
Even though there is a no definite way of calculating noneconomic damages, you may be awarded some compensation for damages such as:
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent disfigurement and disability
- Loss of enjoyment of life
If you lost a loved one in a car accident caused by roadway problems, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim against the party responsible for the cause of the accident. Damages we can help you recover in a wrongful death claim include:
- Burial expenses
- Loss of financial support for the family
- Compensation for the loss of support, guidance, affection, and companionship
Contact a Mount Pleasant Accident Caused By Roadway Problems Lawyer Today
Did roadway problems lead you to injuries in an accident involving a truck? Call George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers by phone or online today and schedule a free case evaluation.
Our Mount Pleasant accident caused by roadway problems lawyers do not charge any upfront fees, and we only get paid when we recover compensation for you.
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