Whether you are traveling on I-95, US Highway 1 or another major roadway, or using a side street to commute to work road, road defects are an everyday occurrence. While we would like to think that the highways and streets that we drive on are safe, the reality is that many roadways are dangerous and contain hazardous defects that can lead to serious accidents involving severe bodily injuries.
If you or someone you care about has been injured in a car wreck caused by a road defect, you should contact a Boca Raton auto accident lawyer as soon as possible. These types of cases are complicated and often involve multiple responsible parties. Hollander Law Firm has years of experience handling complex accident cases in Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and other regions of South Florida. Our firm will thoroughly review your case to identify all parties that may be liable for your damages and injuries.Common Types of Highway Defects
Roads that are poorly designed or improperly maintained can result in catastrophic accidents. While many types of defects can lead to car wrecks and collisions, some of the most common road defects are listed below.
- Uneven pavement
- Improper or missing signage
- Construction zone hazards
- Water pooling
- Missing or damaged guardrails and medians
- No shoulder
- Malfunctioning traffic signals
- Improper lighting
- Overgrown vegetation and other visual obstructions
- Debris on the roadway
When people are injured, or a vehicle sustains damages from a road defect, innocent victims should not have to pay the price. At Hollander Law Firm we understand that the drivers, passengers and other parties who are hurt in these types of accidents often require costly medical care and may miss work for an extended period. Additionally, these individuals may suffer tremendous pain and other serious losses. When a defective road accident occurs, our personal injury firm is dedicated to holding the responsible parties accountable so that victims can get the financial compensation they need to recover and move on with their lives.Multiple Parties Can Be Held Liable for Accidents Involving Defective Roads
Federal, state and local agencies are required to design and maintain roads that keep drivers, passengers, bicyclists and pedestrians safe from harm. These agencies must ensure that roads comply with strict standards and specifications. When an accident arises from poor road design or maintenance, multiple parties are often to blame, including municipalities, government agencies, construction companies and other entities.
In the state of Florida, filing a negligence claim against a government entity can be particularly challenging. Florida Statute 768.28 sets strict limitations on these types of lawsuits. The statute requires you to provide written notice of your claim to the state agency involved within three years of your accident. Additionally, a lawsuit cannot be brought against the agency until a 180-day investigation period has expired (unless you receive notice that the claim has been formally denied). If your claim is denied, you must file your lawsuit within three years of the date of your accident. Moreover, if your case involves a wrongful death claim, you must file your action within two years.Involved in an Accident Caused by a Road Defect? Contact a Boca Raton Auto Accident Lawyer
If you have been hurt in an accident caused by poor road design, road neglect or any other dangerous condition, contact Hollander Law Firm today. Based in Boca Raton, with additional office locations in West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale, an experienced car accident attorney at our firm will help you get the compensation that you deserve. The clock is ticking so it is critical to act before your legal rights expire.