Dangerous Streets or Poor Highway Design
Take Action With Help From a Serious Injury Lawyer
Hazardous and dangerous roads cause countless deaths each year as a result of automobile and / or pedestrian accidents in California and across the U.S. The danger of the highway or road can be easily overlooked by law enforcement when they are making a report on the cause of the accident. Often the police report will state that the driver was at fault when actually the catastrophic injuries were caused by unsafe factors on the road or in the road's design. These factors may include: lack of guardrails, inadequate warning signs, unusual obstructions, lack of shoulder, potholes, unsafe road surfaces, sand, objects in the road, and poor visibility.
In any type of public entity case, the Statute of Limitations is extremely short. In California, it is only six (6) months from the date of the accident. A proper governmental claim must be timely filed. If a claim is not filed within six (6) months from the date of the incident, then a petition should be immediately filed with the court requesting relief for the failure to file the claim in the allotted time period. The petition must be filed within one (1) year of the date of the incident. Failure to do so may bar any claim against the governmental entity, even if fault is admitted. Act today to preserve your legal rights.
Some factors which should trigger a client or an attorney to evaluate a potential dangerous condition of public property claim are:
- Did the accident occur near construction zone?
- Did a vehicle travel off the roadway?
- Did a vehicle cross the center median?
- Did the driver complain of an unknown loss of control of vehicle?
- Did the accident occur at an intersection with three (3) or more lane of traffic for any one direction?
- Was the intersection control by a Protective‑Permissive, Left Turn signal?
- Did the accident occur in a marked crosswalk?
- Did the vehicle go through a guardrail or became impaled by the guardrail?
- Did the vehicle go over a steep slope where there was no guardrail?
If the evidence of the hazardous road condition is lost, it becomes much more difficult to prove in court. The legal team at Jeffrey S. Pop & Associates has been helping clients provide the proper evidence and obtain compensation for their injuries for over 30 years. Anyone whose injury was caused by a hazardous highway or road, should speak with a personal injury attorney immediately.
Dangerous Highways Lawyer
Law enforcement and attorneys can overlook a problem with the road design or maintenance. Many of these accidents involve a single car that veers off the road or collides with an object. An attorney must do a thorough investigation into the scene of the accident to determine the safety of the road.
The following defects in roads and highways have been found to be the cause of serious accidents:
- Uneven surfaces
- Humps in the roadway
- Hazardous curves in the road design
- Dangerous hills or slopes
- Gravel and dirt
- Debris such as oil or chemical spills
- Poor visibility of road signs
- Lack of shoulder‑recovery area
- Lack of guardrail
- Lack of median rail
The firm may be able to start assisting you immediately; if you have any questions do not hesitate to call.
Please see the following cases and results when considering whether to contact us for assistance:
At Jeffrey S. Pop & Associates, we have handled all types of cases involving dangerous conditions of public property. These claims are handled on a contingency fee basis which means, if there is no recovery, you owe no fees. We will advance all the necessary costs to prosecute your case.
The firm also welcomes joint ventures or referrals from other attorneys.
Past results do not guarantee or predict the outcome of your case. These cases are presented to illustrate the abilities of the firm in representing clients with claims against governmental entities only. This firm will never make a promise or guarantee about the outcome of your dangerous condition of public property case. These are difficult and intricate cases but can be won.