Unsafe Road Conditions in Virginia
Northern Virginia Car Accident Attorneys
Human error is the leading cause of traffic accidents and fatalities in the United States, but some car wrecks are caused by circumstances outside of drivers' control. Unsafe road conditions can quickly lead to a serious car accident; however, this doesn't mean that victims of car accidents like these do not have the right to pursue financial compensation for their injuries.
Unsafe road conditions may be the result of weather, poor road design, a bad maintenance job, etc. These circumstances can cause an accident or increase the likelihood of a wreck. For example, an intersection may not allow drivers enough visibility to safely turn. If the defective road design caused an accident, any injured parties may be able to collect money for their damages.
Common unsafe road conditions include:
- Poor maintenance
- Defective designs
- Faulty construction
Specific examples include hazards on the side of the road, improperly marked construction zones, unsafe pavement edge drops, and visual obstructions.
Government Liability for Roadway Safety
In the United States, governmental tort immunity may prevent victims from being able to sue the government for some types of accidents. Under certain circumstances, this immunity is lifted and citizens are allowed to file suit for their damages.
Who should I sue for dangerous roads?
Depending on the circumstances surrounding your case, you may be able to file suit against federal or state agencies. If the government employed a private contractor to fix, build, or maintain the road, the agency could be held accountable for your injury as well.
If you suspect that your accident was caused by unsafe road conditions, the Virginia personal injury lawyers at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. may be able to recover damages for your financial and noneconomic damages. Contact us online or call our office today for a free evaluation of your case.