Road Danger Accident Attorney in Murrieta
Let’s say you or a loved one was on the highway driving, ensuring your safety by following traffic laws, and then due to hazardous road conditions, you got into an accident. Even though you were careful, you are now dealing with injuries because of someone else’s negligence. Contact an auto wreck attorney in Murrieta today.
Different Roadway Hazards That Can Cause An Accident
Roadway hazards that may cause a car crash:
• Failed or not managed well road construction projects
• Spilled cargo or debris laid out on the road
• Terrible road design or bad lighting
• Unbalanced or unstable guardrails
• Potholes or other imperfections on the roadway
Depending on the nature of the car crash will tell who the person or group responsible for the crash is.
Who is accountable for keeping the roads?
The design and construction of roads is done by the government (local, state, and federal). In California, the California Department of Transportation is accountable for inspecting, upholding, upgrading, and managing roads. In the case of an accident that was caused by road obtrusions, road design defects, and construction work, the responsibility of the accident could fall on the governmental organization that is responsible for that road.
According to the California Government Code § 835, a governmental agency, when in these situations, can be held legally responsible for accidents. In order for a person that has been injured to have a successful claim, they must show evidence that:
• There were dangerous circumstances on the road
• The government was given notification that the condition existed
• Injuries occurred and were predictable
• The condition that was hazardous caused injuries
Additionally, the injured person has to show that there was an act of negligence of an employee that caused the conditions.
The California Department of Transportation has the only requirement to make repairs that are reasonable; therefore, they are not required to maintain roads perfectly or spend a large amount of money on the roads. Working on these cases can be highly complicated, so contact attorney Ryan Sargent to help you investigate your accident, place blame, and verify liability.
Where is the blame placed if the accident happened because of a spill on the road?
Sometimes a hazardous condition on the road is due to something other than construction or maintenance on the road. Instead the accident is caused by a spillage on the road.
A load of cargo that has been accidentally spilled off of a truck can cause a major issue. If the cargo itself is dangerous content, drivers could have an even greater risk. Dangerous cargo can present additional dangers for all those involved in an accident, as well as, anyone else in the general vicinity of the spill. If the accident was indeed caused by spilled cargo, it could be the trucking company or the driver who is at fault. If the materials were not loaded or sealed correctly, then the fault may be placed on the cargo owner.
In the event of a Road Hazard-related accident, talk to Ryan Sargent
It can be a complex job assigning proper liability to the cause of fault in an accident caused by a hazardous roadway.
Government immunity, laws, and statutes of limitations all have a role in your case. Contact Ryan Sargent today to find out how you can practice your rights.