Who is Responsible For a Car Accident Caused by a Road Hazard?

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In most car accidents, the drivers can argue back and forth trying to figure out who is at fault. What if neither is actually responsible for the accident though? Sometimes a car crash can be caused by a road hazard, and sometimes that hazard was left behind by someone who can now be blamed for the accident. A San Mateo County, California car accident lawyer from our firm can help you pursue compensation and hold that person or company responsible.

What Should I Do After an Accident With a Road Hazard?

After an accident with a road hazard, you should take steps to protect yourself and gather any evidence of potential wrongdoing. We recommend that you:

  • Take photos of the cars and their damage
  • Take pictures of the accident scene, including the road hazard
  • Call the police to the scene
  • Exchange info with the other driver
  • Avoid saying anything that admits fault
  • Get medical care if needed

If you or a loved one have suffered injuries in the accident, you may want to consider pursuing compensation.

Can I Sue After an Accident With a Road Hazard?

Yes, you can. You can sue the people who left the road hazard behind as well as other drivers you think may have contributed to the accident. Just keep in mind that the road hazard needs to be something that can be caused by someone else. A road that is merely slippery from ice does not really meet the requirements. Hazards you may want to sue over include:

  • Inadequate road signage or signage that is not visible
  • Damaged or missing guardrails
  • Roads with poor drainage
  • Construction equipment that causes an accident
  • Work vehicles with unsecured cargo
  • Debris left behind from road work

Do I Need a Car Accident Lawyer?

A seasoned car accident lawyer from our firm can do a lot to help you if you have suffered injuries due to a road hazard. Your attorney will:

Start the legal process: It is important to start the legal process as quickly as you can. You have just two years to sue a private entity in California and the limit for government entities is even shorter, just six months! Our law firm can help you ensure that you do not miss your chance to pursue damages.

Determine liability: The person or company responsible for the road hazard could be the cause of your accident, but maybe another driver contributed as well. We can help you determine fault and hold all liable parties accountable.

Fight for fair compensation: A first offer from an insurance company is rarely adequate. We can help you fight for a settlement that compensates you for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Contact experts: Your attorney can use an accident recreation expert to show how the crash that injured you occurred and who should be blamed. They can talk to medical experts about your prognosis and how you will be affected by your injuries for life. Such authoritative testimony can strengthen your case.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

If you are ready to learn more about your legal options, contact the Law Offices of Allister R. Liao. We can set up an appointment and give you a free case consultation.

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