Road Danger Accident Attorney in Riverside
In some cases you or someone you know will be driving on the highway, abiding by traffic laws, and then end up in an accident because of hazardous road conditions. Now because of someone else’s carelessness, not your own mistakes, you have to deal with injuries. Call a car crash lawyer in Riverside for help.
Types of Highway Hazards that May 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 type of accident will give details on who the responsible party in a road hazard accident.
Who is accountable for keeping the roads?
The design and construction of roads is done by the government (local, state, and federal). For California, the responsibility for reviewing, upholding, improving, and managing roads is on the California Department of Transportation. Therefore, if there are any kind of construction work, road imperfections, or road design flaws that have caused an accident, the accountability could lie on the governmental organization for that specific road.
The California Government Code § 835 and all of its subparts outline the specifics of when a governmental agency can be held legally accountable for the circumstances of a highway. 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
• Prior knowledge on the government’s part to rectify the issue was given
• Injuries occurred and were predictable
• It was the hazardous road conditions that cause the injuries
Additionally, the injured person has to show that there was an act of negligence of an employee that caused the conditions.
Roads do not have to be maintained perfectly in California, because it is only the DOT’s requirement to ensure that “reasonable” repairs are made, meaning that they will not spend more money on the roads than they need to. 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. At times, they are caused by something that had spilled on the road.
If a truck had accidentally spilled its cargo on the road, this can be a major concern. The nature of the cargo can add a great deal of concern itself, especially the materials are hazardous. Hazardous cargo can not only be the cause of such accidents, but they can also cause more dangers for anyone in an accident or anyone around the accident.
In the case that a spillage did cause the accident, the truck company and/or the driver could be the party responsible. On the other hand, if the cargo wasn’t sealed or loaded correctly, someone else may be at fault like the cargo owner.
Contact Road Hazard Accident Attorney Ryan Sargent today
In an accident caused by hazardous roadways, it can be difficult proving liability. In these cases there are events that could be stacked up against you like laws, statutes of limitations and government immunity. Call Ryan Sargent at 855-209-3997 to learn today how to exercise your rights.