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How Can Poor Road Conditions Impact a Car Accident Claim in Florida?

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It’s unfortunate that when you are driving, you can only do so much to prevent an accident. This is because there are outside conditions, like other drivers and roadways, that you may be unable to control. When you’ve sustained injuries because of poor road conditions, understanding who can face liability for the damages you’ve suffered is critical. Because this can be complex, it’s in your best interest to connect with a Broward County auto accident lawyer. Keep reading to learn more about this process and how a lawyer can help guide you through these complex times.

What Are Examples of Poor Road Conditions?

When driving, you may not pay much attention to the road you’re traveling on. However, when some conditions or hazards make it unsafe to travel, it can lead to an accident. Unfortunately, there are several ways in which a road can be considered dangerous or in poor condition. These include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Poorly designed roads (sharp turns, blind curves, etc.)
  • Poorly constructed roads (uneven pavement, dips causing water to pool, etc.)
  • Poorly maintained roads
  • Debris
  • Potholes or cracks in pavement
  • Missing road signs
  • Faded paint

How Does This Affect Liability?

It’s important to understand that government agencies, whether it’s the town, county, or state responsible for the road, must maintain and take liability for any accidents poor road conditions cause. As such, if you are involved in an accident, such as a single-car collision, the town can be held liable if it can be proven their poor roadways were to blame.

However, if you are struck by another vehicle because they were driving negligently in conjunction with poor road conditions, both the government agency and the negligent driver can face liability for the injuries you endure.

Should I Connect With a Lawyer if I’m Hurt?

When you’ve been injured because of poor road conditions, it’s in your best interest to connect with an experienced attorney as soon as possible to explore your legal options. Unfortunately, many are unaware of their rights during these matters and, as such, may not recover the compensation they deserve for the damages they’ve sustained.

Additionally, if a government agency is responsible for your injuries due to their negligence in designing, constructing, or maintaining roads, the statute of limitations is significantly lower. In traditional personal injury cases, you have two years to file a claim against the negligent party. However, when filing against a government entity, you generally have three years to file a claim.

It’s imperative to connect with an experienced attorney as soon as possible when you’ve sustained an injury as the result of poor road conditions, as they can help you explore your legal options. At the Finzio Law Group, we understand the devastation that can come with being the victim of an accident. As such, our dedicated legal team will do everything in our power to help you recover the compensation you deserve from the negligent party responsible for your damages. Connect with us today to learn more.

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