Streets, highways and interstates are supposed to be safe for drivers and free from unanticipated hazards. Although it is impossible for local authorities to protect against all hazards on the roads, a municipality or state may be required to clear hazards off the road when it has notice of the dangerous condition. If a municipality or state had notice of a road hazard and failed to take steps to rectify the situation, our Lafayette car accident lawyers may be able to hold legally responsible for any damage that follows.
Broussard & David has years of experience holding government entities responsible for road hazards. A government entity may be legally responsible for a road hazard if it failed to properly design or maintain the road and if its failure to do so led to serious injuries or damage. After an accident caused by a road hazard or a highway defect, an experienced car accident attorney in the Lafayette area can help you hold all negligent parties legally responsible for your injuries.
The most common road hazards:
- Uneven road surfaces
- Road debris from other accidents
- Road debris from 18-wheelers
- Leftover construction signs and equipment
Of course, a government entity is not the only possible party that may be legally responsible for a dangerous road hazard. Truckers, for example, sometimes fail to properly restrain their loads, which can cause debris to fly out of the truck, hit a vehicle or dangerously obstruct traffic. In addition, when animals run into the road, the owner might also be legally responsible for failing to restrain the animal, especially in cases involving farm animals. An experienced Lafayette car accident attorney will investigate the causes of an accident after a collision involving a road hazard.
Only a qualified personal injury lawyer can hold all negligent actors responsible for an accident caused by a road hazard. To schedule a complimentary consultation with a knowledgeable car accident lawyer in the Lafayette area, contact Broussard & David at 888-337-2323 (toll-free) or 337-233-2323 (local).