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Accidents Caused by Roadway Design or Maintenance

Every year, thousands of people are injured or killed because of a dangerously designed or improperly maintained roadway. Municipalities have a non-delegable duty to maintain the roads and highways in a reasonably safe condition. This duty includes initially designing the roadway safely and monitoring the design as populations and conditions change and responding to accident data indicating that the design is no longer safe. It also includes basic maintenance and repair of the roadway.

Accidents often occur because of:

  • Improper, inadequate, or malfunctioning traffic control devices
  • Improperly maintained shoulders
  • Inadequate or absent guardrails
  • Improper drainage that leads to the pooling of water
  • Dangerous designs that lead to excessive accidents

Representation for Victims of Car Accidents in New York

If you are injured as a result of an accident caused by a dangerous or defective roadway, it is important that you hire an injury lawyer right away. Highways and roads are maintained by governmental bodies. These entities have special rights that require claims and lawsuits to be filed against them in very short periods of time, sometimes as short as 30 days. These types of cases often require aggressive investigation and discovery, as well as input from expert witnesses that can establish and demonstrate what is wrong with the roadway and what the municipality could have done to prevent the car accident. The municipal entities also have special defenses to some roadway accident cases. To be successful and obtain the compensation you are entitled to, the lawyer you hire must be familiar with these issues and defenses.

If you have been injured in a car accident because of a defective or dangerous roadway, you should immediately seek advice from a New York City car accident lawyer that is experienced in handling these types of cases. For a free consultation with our attorneys, call Sullivan & Brill, LLP today.