There are many different causes of accidents involving motor vehicles in Boca Raton, Florida. However, some accident attorneys may not consider road design and dangerous road conditions when investigating a car accident. This oversight could result in a much lower amount of compensation for the accident victim.
The Boca Raton car accident lawyers of the Hollander Law Firm have over 28 years of experience investigating auto accidents in South Florida. Our attorneys consider all factors in a car crash to ensure that we hold all relevant parties liable for an accident injury.
How Our Boca Raton Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help if You’ve Been Injured in a Car Accident
Experience counts when you are fighting for fair compensation for accident claims in Boca Raton, FL. An accident lawyer needs to understand personal injury law, insurance law, and other related areas of law to protect your best interest.
The Hollander Law Firm’s injury lawyers have developed considerable skills, experience, and knowledge in almost three decades of handling personal injury cases. We have secured multi-million dollar results for our clients, taking on large and aggressive insurance companies and defense firms in the process.
When you hire our legal team, you can expect us to:
- Perform a thorough and comprehensive accident investigation to identify each factor the contributed to the cause of your injury
- Pursue each party that can be held liable for your injuries and damages, including government agencies
- Aggressively fight for maximum compensation for your injury claim
- Handle all matters related to insurance claims and personal injury lawsuits
- Keep you advised of the status of your case
- Offer support and guidance for your legal matter as you continue to heal from your injuries
We fight for accident victims in Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, and the greater Miami Dade area. Call us now to request your free consultation with a Boca Raton personal injury attorney.
How Common Are Car Accidents Caused by Defective Roads?
A study by the NHTSA examined the critical reasons for crashes investigated by the National Motor Vehicle Crash Causation Survey. In that study, about two percent of the 2.189 million crashes were attributed to the environment, including road design, loose debris, signs, signals, and other highway-related conditions.
In another study, 31 percent of crash costs resulted from accidents where road conditions were a contributing factor. The FLHSMV Traffic Crash Facts for 2019 reported that bumps, ruts, and holes were a contributing factor in at least four fatal car crashes and over 150 injury accidents.
Inoperative, missing or obscured traffic control devices contributed to two fatalities and hundreds of injuries. Worn and travel polished surfaces were also contributing factors in accidents during 2019.
What Are Common Causes of Accidents Involving Defective Roads?
Poorly designed roads can lead to accidents. They can cause drivers to lose control of their vehicles because of poor drainage. The road’s design could block a driver’s view of oncoming traffic or contribute to an accident caused by unsafe slants, tilts, or curves. Poorly maintained roads can also cause a problem.
Some common causes of accidents because of defective design or poorly maintained roads include:
- Dangerous should drop-offs
- Damaged, hidden, or missing road signs
- Faded painted markers on roads
- Poor traffic management
- Missing or damaged guardrails
- Overgrown foliage
- Narrowing of lanes, lack of warning signs, and equipment in construction zones
- Lack of rumble strips
- Cracks and pothole accidents from the road surface
- Road debris
Defectively designed roads or dangerous road conditions can be the cause of an accident or a contributing factor. In either case, the victims can sustain severe injuries because of the accident.
Common Injuries Caused by Road Defects Accidents
Road defects can lead to head-on collisions, which can result in wrongful deaths and catastrophic injuries.
They can also lead to other car accidents that result in injuries such as:
- Traumatic brain and head injuries
- Broken bones and fractures
- Amputations and paralysis
- Spinal cord and back injuries
- Neck and shoulder injuries
- Internal organ damage
Victims could sustain permanent disabilities because of their injuries. Scarring and disfigurement may also be possible, depending on the type of injury. Immediate medical care is in the victim’s best interest.
Who is Liable for an Accident Involving Road Defects?
State, county, and local governments are responsible for designing, maintaining, and repairing Florida roads. For example, the Florida Department of Transportation is tasked with setting up procedures and criteria for maintaining Florida roads and bridges.
Many roads in Florida require repair and maintenance. The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) gave Florida’s roads a C- on its Infrastructure Report Card. According to the ASCE, drivers incur $425 per year in costs for driving on roads in need of repair.
Suing a government agency for a road defect accident can be difficult. You must prove the agency was negligent to recover compensation for your damages. If you can prove negligence by a government agency or employee, you could receive compensation for your loss of income, medical expenses, and pain & suffering damages.
The rules and deadlines for filing claims and lawsuits are different from other types of personal injury cases. For example, your time to file a claim against a government entity may be much shorter than the time to file a claim against a public corporation or individual. If you do not file your claim before the deadline, you could lose your right to file a lawsuit.
It is best to speak with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after a traffic accident that road conditions could have caused. An attorney needs to act quickly to protect your right to recover money for damages. Claims against the government are complicated, so it is best to allow an experienced lawyer to take charge of the matter as quickly as possible.
Schedule a Free Consultation With Our Florida Road Defect Accident Lawyers
Do not wait to seek legal advice about an accident involving a road defect. Contact our office to schedule your free consultation with one of our experienced car accident attorneys in Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, and West Palm Beach.