Road hazards can cause devastating injuries and collisions. When you suffer critical injuries in an accident caused by dangerous roads, you may be wondering what legal options are available to you. If you hope to recover compensation for your suffering, you must prove that someone else’s negligence caused your injuries.
But who is responsible for collisions caused by road hazards? You may be surprised to find that multiple parties could share liability. Your Atlanta car accident lawyer at Bader Scott Injury Lawyers can help you seek the justice you deserve.
Common Types of Road Hazard Accidents
Accidents caused by road hazards can take many forms. Before your attorney can determine who is responsible for causing your collision, we will need to examine the road hazard in question and who is responsible for it.
For example, some of the road hazard accidents our firm has seen in Atlanta involve:
- Missing or broken street signs
- Unsecured road construction zones
- Limited visibility caused by insufficient lighting
- Narrow roads or bridges
- Poor intersection planning or road design
- Limited visibility due to overgrown trees or poor road design
- Insufficient road reflectors
- Insufficient paint lines
- Defective, missing, or broken guardrails
- Loose gravel
These are just a few common causes of road hazard accidents. If another type of road hazard has injured you, you may still have the right to pursue your case. Be sure to contact our office to discuss your legal options.
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Liability for Road Hazard Car Accidents
Establishing fault is essential following a collision caused by dangerous roads. Multiple parties could share liability. Your lawyer will need to prove liability based on a preponderance of the evidence.
To prove negligence, your lawyer must show that the defendant owed you a duty of care and breached that duty of care in some way, and this breach caused you to suffer considerable damages. With that in mind, here are some of the possible parties found liable for accidents caused by dangerous road conditions:
One of the most common parties named liable in road hazard accidents is government agencies. This might include the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), the Metropolitan Atlanta Transit Authority (MARTA), or other government agencies tasked with maintaining the safety and integrity of the roads across Atlanta in the state of Georgia.
Municipalities could also share liability for accidents caused by dangerous roads when the municipality in question owns the roadways. Consider municipalities as the property owner in this case. Property owners owe their guests and patrons a duty of care. If a municipality fails to maintain the integrity of the roadways, and someone suffers serious injuries caused by hazardous road conditions, the municipality may be held accountable in a court of law.
Although the individual or entity responsible for maintaining the safety of the roads should be held accountable when hazardous road conditions cause collisions, there are also other parties whose actions could contribute to an accident.
Negligent drivers who fail to drive safely around dangerous road conditions could be found liable for your injuries as well. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), some forms of negligent driving include:
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Distracted driving
- Drowsy driving
Auto Parts Manufacturers and Distributors
When defective auto parts malfunction on dangerous roads, catastrophic car accidents can ensue. In addition to filing a claim against those responsible for road integrity, the individuals responsible for defective auto parts may also be held accountable. Some of these parties could include:
- Auto parts manufacturers
- Auto parts distributors
- Motor vehicle dealerships
- Safety inspectors
- Maintenance technicians
- Other third parties
How to Approach a Car Accident Caused By a Road Hazard
When you have been injured in a car accident caused by dangerous road conditions, your Atlanta car accident lawyer can help you figure out how to best approach your case.
Depending on the details of your accident, you may have the opportunity to file a claim with the insurance company or file a civil lawsuit against the liable party. Your attorney will be by your side every step of the way to ensure all parties who share liability for your injuries are brought to justice.
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Get Help From a Car Accident Lawyer in Atlanta Today
If you are interested in pursuing insurance or civil claims against the individual or entity responsible for causing your road hazard car accident, but you do not know where to turn for help, reach out to our Atlanta car accident lawyers at Bader Scott Injury Lawyers.
You can focus on recuperating from your injuries while we handle the legal details of your case. Schedule your no-cost, risk-free consultation when you call our office or fill out our convenient contact form.