Unfortunately, poor road conditions have been the cause for many of the car accidents that have kept car accident lawyers busy for years. According to TRIP, a national non-profit transportation research group, Los Angeles has some of the worst road conditions in the nation.
During their study, the organization learned that 57 percent of all the major road conditions in Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Anaheim were under the state’s minimum safety standards.
The study discovered that Los Angeles drivers spend an average of $921 more on annual car repairs due to terrible road conditions. California also has some of the highest car accident fatality rates in the U.S.
For these types of “no-fault” accidents, you may be able to hold your city accountable. To learn more about what you may be entitled to, contact our 24/7 legal team at West Coast Trial Lawyers for a free consultation. You may reach us by calling 213-927-3700 or filling out our quick contact form.
If you have suffered personal injury or experienced property damage due to poor road conditions, you may be entitled to financial compensation from the city. In fact, Los Angeles spent over $19 million settling personal injury and property damage cases in 2017. Generally speaking, most states and federal government agencies have “sovereign” or “governmental immunity,” which protects them from trivial lawsuits.
However, there are technicalities that allow a plaintiff to sue under certain conditions. Though going to court against a large government authority can be intimidating, it is within your legal right to file a claim against government agencies, such as the city, county, or the state for property damage.
Like most lawsuits, the burden is on the plaintiff to prove the negligence of the opposing party. A broken or damaged road does not necessarily constitute government negligence. In order to strengthen your case, most courts require you to prove that the government was purposely inattentive. In a simple case, this could mean that the governing body knew about the poor road conditions and did nothing to fix it, or did not fix it within a reasonable amount of time.
With a city that spans over 500 square miles, there are a lot of roads for local governments to keep in safe conditions. However, it is the city’s responsibility to keep its citizens safe. Though it is impossible to upkeep every road to perfection at all times, there are certain time restrictions that compel the city to respond accordingly to reports and notice of upkeep that is needed.
Listed below are a few road conditions that your city is responsible for:
If you notice a dangerous pothole in your neighborhood the first thing that you should do is submit a “service request.” This can be done online or by phone. However, when the damage has already occurred and your vehicle is afflicted you may consider compensation. This can also be done online by filing a “Claim For Damages” form.
At West Coast Trial Lawyers, our experienced car accident attorneys are readily available to help you get the justice and the maximum compensation you deserve. If we do not win, you owe us nothing. There is no financial risk when making a free consultation to get your case started.