Driver negligence is the primary cause of automobile, bicycle, and pedestrian accidents. But even the most careful and alert of drivers and bicyclists can lose control with road hazards.
Whether improperly designed or dangerous due to lack of repair and maintenance, road hazards significantly increase the risk of collision.
If you are involved in an accident that a road defect caused, the government entity responsible for that road’s design or maintenance may be liable for your crash and any resulting injuries or property destruction.
Filing a claim against a government entity is unlike filing a claim against anyone else. Roadway cases can be some of the most complex automobile accident lawsuits. Filling claims against the various levels of government requires fluency in the legal procedures that must be followed. Those levels range from federal to state to county to municipalities. Sometimes multiple entities are at fault.
If you’ve been injured in an accident caused by road hazards, we can help you hold the governmental entity charged with that roadway accountable for your losses. We have particular expertise and experience doing so.
Common Signs of Road Hazards
A variety of factors can be used to determine whether a road hazard is a true defect or just a normal bump in the road. Discuss the specifics of your accident with your attorney. Some common, identifiable roadway defects that can result in a crash include:
- Sudden shoulder drop offs
- Insufficient notice (signage) of changes in the shoulder
- Excessive gravel or oil slicks
- Lack of street lights, or lights that don’t properly light the street
- Poorly-established construction zones and/or no available detours
- Malfunctioning or inadequate warning signals that result in dangerous intersections
- Poor roadway design that results in hazardous driving conditions during inclement weather, such as pooling water on a high-mileage roadway
- Insufficient highway divisions, edge lines, or other line divisions
- Poorly maintained roadways
- Bike lanes striped across dangerous conditions
- Bike routes designated through dangerous conditions
This last defect is particularly important to bicyclists as many of the streets in Los Angeles and surrounding areas lack the appropriate design for bicycle lanes.
If you’ve been injured while cycling in an apparent bicycle lane, you might be able to hold the governmental entity responsible.
Importance of a Thorough Investigation
The primary cause of a traffic accident isn’t always clear. Although the initial assumption may be driver error caused a collision, the underlying issue may have been a road defect. For example, a traffic light that malfunctioned might result in contradictory witness statements.
This is why it’s key to have an experienced legal professional on your side – an attorney who understands the importance of looking for evidence of road hazards. A skilled legal team will look beyond what’s on paper to discover the true root cause of your accident.
Attorney Josh Cohen
No matter what or who you think initially caused a vehicle accident, it’s best to consult with an attorney before taking any action with an insurance company. To learn more about your legal rights and options, contact attorney Josh Cohen at Los Angeles Bicycle Attorney. You can reach him by phone at 323-937-7105 or by completing the online form below. Josh Cohen’s offices are located at 4929 Wilshire Blvd #410, Los Angeles, CA 90036 west of downtown Los Angeles in the neighborhood of Central LA. Contact him today to fight for your road hazard injury claim!