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How to Prove Liability Due to Bad Road Conditions

How to Prove Liability Due to Bad Road Conditions

Posted By The Weinstein Firm, LLC || 19-Nov-2016

If you were in a car accident that was caused by poor road conditions, your crash and injuries are not necessarily your fault. Our Atlanta auto accident lawyers have represented numerous clients that have been the victims of poor road conditions and maintenance. Proving liability in these cases can be a bit more difficult in these situations compared to other car collisions—if a driver rear-ends you, liability is a bit more obvious. But who do you hold liable for poor roads? The loose rocks?

The Weinstein Firm, LLC. explains how you can prove liability in an auto accident caused by poor road conditions.

Government’s Responsibility for the Road Conditions

The government, whether at a city, town, county, or state level, is largely responsible for warning residents about road conditions and maintaining the roads. It is the government’s duty to conduct regular surveys and report poor road conditions. They maintain safety by putting up signs, rails, lights, and more. But in what situations could the government actually be considered liable for an accident?

To prove government liability, you must demonstrate that:

  • The entity responsible for maintenance of the road should have reasonably known about the conditions; and
  • The entity did nothing to repair or warn drivers of the hazards of the road within a reasonable time limit

Types of road conditions that can be considered unsafe or hazardous for drivers include snow, ice, slippery surfaces, drop-offs, potholes, flash flooding, falling rocks, and more. If the government failed to warn of fix these problems after knowing about them, you could have a claim to compensation due to negligence.

For more information about auto accidents caused by poor road conditions, contact The Weinstein Firm, LLC. Our Atlanta auto accident lawyers are dedicated to the wellbeing of our clients.

Categories: Auto Accidents