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.