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What to Do If Road Construction Caused Your Accident

Posted on in Personal Injury

California car crash lawyer, California accident attorneyRoadway conditions and construction zones can cause serious accidents. If you believe that your car accident can be attributed to a dangerous roadway condition, you should contact an attorney as these claims are complicated to pursue.

Recently, there was a seven-car pileup in a construction area in California that led to a fire and bodily injury. While the cause of the accident is still being determined, construction zones are common places for accidents.

Sometimes the accidents are caused by driver error as drivers are more prone accidents in unfamiliar areas or where there are unexpected changes. Other times, the construction areas lack appropriate signage or are improperly designed. In these instances, the government or a government contractor may be responsible for your auto accident.

Common Types of Dangerous Roadway Conditions

There are some roadway defects that frequently are the cause of serious accidents. These include:

  • Defective roadway construction;
  • Defective roadway design;
  • Inadequate safety measures taken on highway construction sites;
  • Misplaced or erroneous signage;
  • Lack of crossings for pedestrians;
  • Missing traffic or railroad crossing lights;
  • Inadequate lighting;
  • Improperly maintained or missing guardrails;
  • Lack of skid precautions; and
  • Defective drainage systems that causes flooding.

Defects on highways or interstates are especially dangerous due to the speed at which cars are traveling when they encounter the dangerous conditions.

How to Proceed with a Dangerous Roadway Condition Suit

If a dangerous condition caused your accident, a governmental entity may be responsible. Suing the government is especially difficult.

First, you must bring the lawsuit quickly, and there are special filing requirements. Also, the government enjoys liability immunity in some cases. These cases are difficult - but not impossible - to win.

An insurance company may try to blame another driver for the accident to avoid suing the government. If you feel as those you are being incorrectly accused of fault, a skilled car accident lawyer can look at your case and consult with an accident reconstruction expert if needed.

Contact a San Jose, CA Auto Accident Attorney

The qualified San Jose car collision lawyers at Jachimowicz Law Group have the knowledge and experience to determine if a governmental entity is at fault and how to proceed against it. This type of claim is much more complex than a simple car accident and should be pursued with the guidance of an attorney. Call our law firm today at 408-246-5500 to set up an initial consultation.

 

 

Source:

http://abc7.com/news/construction-area-on-91-fwy-in-corona-is-site-of-7-car-pile-up/1808020/

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