When you head out on the road, you expect that the road itself is the least of your safety concerns. Other drivers, distractions, and the weather may be concerns, but you rely on local and state governments to keep the roadway in optimal repair. Sadly, this is not always the case, and holding governments responsible for inappropriately maintained roadways is surprisingly difficult. The auto accident attorneys at Long & Long are experienced in dealing with these types of cases, and will work tirelessly to get you the compensation you deserve.
What Constitutes a Defective Roadway
Some examples of a dangerous roadway are roads with:
- Large potholes
- Soft shoulders
- Uncovered drainage pits
- Road divisions and lines that are not adequately marked
- Insufficient signage
- Inadequate light
It is the burden of the victim of a personal injury accident caused by a defective roadway to prove that the roadway itself, and not the actions of the driver, is responsible for the accident. That’s why it’s important to have an experienced personal injury lawyer on your side.
What to do if You are Injured by a Defective Roadway
You should handle an accident caused by a defective roadway the same way you would handle any automobile accident.
- Notify emergency personnel
- Notify your insurance
- Place a police report, being sure to include the testimony of all witnesses
- Obtain medical assistance
- Keep a list of all medical expenses, including long-term estimates
- Contact a personal injury lawyer
The more information you can gather, the easier it will be for us to prove your case. These cases are never easy, and may take a long time to resolve. Because of this, and the statute of limitations imposed by most states on this type of accident, it is imperative that you contact us as soon as possible after your accident.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident caused by a defective roadway in Mobile, Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Daphne, Fairhope, Foley, or Baldwin County, Alabama, please contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at Long & Long for a free consultation, and comprehensive review of your case.