Dangerous road conditions contribute to hundreds of thousands of Florida motor vehicle accidents every year.
Any number of factors outside of your control could have caused your Fort Lauderdale accident:
- Poor roadway design and maintenance
- Road construction
- Inadequate traffic control
- Crumbling infrastructure
If you suffered severe injuries in an accident caused by a road hazard, you may have a valid legal claim if the dangerous conditions resulted from negligence. The Law Offices and Anidjar & Levine can assist you by determining whose fault it was, who created those hazards, and holding them financially responsible for your damages.
Contact a dangerous road condition accident & injury lawyer in Fort Lauderdale, FL today at 1-800-747-3733 for a free consultation and case evaluation.
Did You Experience a Dangerous Road Condition Accident Injury?
Dangerous road condition accidents frequently occur in Fort Lauderdale and the surrounding communities. In data provided by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) for 2016, listed some of the most common types of road hazard accidents:
- Debris in roadway
- Ruts, potholes, bumps
- Obstruction of roadway
- Inoperative traffic control device
- Missing or obscured traffic control
- Roadway construction
- Worn road surface
- Poor lighting conditions
In 2016, a road contributing circumstance contributed to over 3,000 fatal accidents and over 22,000 incapacitating car accidents in Florida.
Other common road hazards include:
- Items falling from vehicles into moving traffic
- Overgrown foliage that obscures signage
- Improperly placed or unlit traffic barricades
- Construction vehicles
In some cases, dangerous road condition accidents occur because another motorist encounters a hazard, causing them to collide with your car. If you suspect your injury accident resulted from some road hazard, meeting with a dangerous road condition accident injury lawyer is the best way to find out for sure.
What Can a Dangerous Road Condition Accident Injury Lawyer Do for You?
If you sustained injuries in a collision involving a road hazard, a dangerous road condition accident & injury lawyer in Fort Lauderdale, FL could help you pursue a financial settlement from the responsible party.
The primary challenge of a hazardous roadway claim is identifying – and legally proving – who caused the accident. At The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine, we have the resources to make this determination and substantiate the at-fault party’s negligence. To access our resources via a personal injury attorney, call 1-800-747-3733.
Our team of investigators, accident reconstruction specialists, and subject matter experts can interview witnesses, obtain photos or video of the incident and accident scene, and gather other relevant evidence to support your claim.
We will submit your claim to the at-fault party or their insurance company and negotiate on your behalf for a fair settlement. If the at-fault party or insurance company refuses to settle, we can file a lawsuit to force the issue.
We will handle multiple aspects while filing a claim:
- Protecting your legal rights
- Answering your questions
- Ensuring you understand your options
- Helping you get the monies to receive medical treatment
Our dangerous road condition accident lawyers will aggressively pursue a resolution to your case, using all the resources at our disposal to get you the compensation you deserve.
What Can You Include in Your Dangerous Road Condition Accident Claim?
The amount of your dangerous road condition accident claim will depend on the specific circumstances of your case and the nature and extent of your injuries. Typically, this type of claim will include the cost of your medical treatment and care to date and any lost wages that resulted from missed work. We will also add the estimated amount of any future treatment you will need as well as future lost income.
Accident claims will also include the cost to repair or replace your vehicle and, if applicable, an amount of diminished value. We will also cover any miscellaneous expenses you encountered, such as towing costs and any personal property you may have lost in the accident. We can include pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of life’s enjoyment.
How Will We Legally Prove Fault for a Dangerous Road Condition Accident?
In some cases, road hazard crashes have an apparent cause, making it easy for us to identify the at-fault party. In other cases, however, identifying the source of an accident poses more of a challenge.
Our legal team will start by carefully analyzing the details of your road hazard accident to identify the underlying cause. For example, if you lost control of your car after hitting a rut or pothole, we must determine who has responsibility for road maintenance. Or, if you crashed because of debris falling from a truck in front of you, we must identify the vehicle’s owner or operator to pursue legal action.
Once we identify the at-fault party, we will establish liability by demonstrating their negligence.
Duty of Care
Governmental agencies and homeowners’ associations must maintain all streets and roadways under their control in a safe manner. Trucking companies must adequately load their trucks and secure their loads. Road construction companies must place safety barricades around their worksite and keep their equipment well off an open road.
Breach of Duty
If someone fails to uphold his or her duty of care, it can lead to an unsafe situation. For example, if the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) fails to maintain the highway, or if they fail to repair a known road hazard, they have breached their duty of care. If a paving contractor parks their equipment too close to an open lane of traffic or fails to place lighted barricades around an active construction zone, they have breached their duty of care and created a road hazard.
Once someone breaches their duty of care and creates an unsafe situation, they become liable for any problems that result. If you lose control of your car after hitting a pothole that FDOT had not yet repaired, they have liability. If you collide with the paving contractor’s dump truck because it was parked in the roadway, they have liability.
Once we establish the at-fault party’s liability for your dangerous road condition accident and injury, we must prove the number of your actual damages. We do this by presenting your medical bills, wage statements, and other documents that support your claim.
Schedule Your Free Consultation with a Dangerous Road Condition Accident Injury Lawyer in Fort Lauderdale
The dedicated attorneys and legal staff at The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine are committed to fighting for you and your rights. We assist Fort Lauderdale clients in their pursuit of financial compensation for road hazard accident and injuries. We have the resources necessary to identify the at-fault party and hold them accountable for their negligence.
To answer your questions and ensure you have the information you need to make an informed decision, we offer a free consultation and case evaluation. To learn about the benefits of hiring a car accident lawyer, call 1-800-747-3733.