Some of the most common causes of auto collisions are drunk driving, fatigued driving, distracted driving, and speeding. These are all considered negligent actions that endanger other drivers on the road. However, they are not the only causes of serious crashes and the other driver is not always the at-fault party. In many cases, another party may be at fault, specifically in cases where the crash is caused by dangerous or faulty roadway design or maintenance. These cases are often complex and require experienced attorneys who have successfully handled similar situations in the past.
In roadway design or maintenance lawsuits, there are a number of factors that must be proven in order to establish negligence and liability. These lawsuits are often filed against architects, general contractors, engineering firms, and other governmental entities responsible for designing, building, and maintaining a safe roadway. Any time a crash or serious accident occurs as a result of a defective design or maintenance, the parties involved in its construction can be held financially accountable by any injured parties.
Some of the most common roadway design and maintenance defects include:
- Narrow or steep shoulder design
- Missing or defective median barriers
- Sharp pavement edges
- Incorrect, missing, or difficult to read signs
- Incorrect speed limits
- Missing railings
- Sharp turns or barriers causing visibility issues for oncoming vehicles
- Improper pole placement
- Improper Maintenance of Traffic
- Lack of clearly marked pedestrian crosswalks
- Visibility obstructions due to signage or landscaping
Unfortunately, many of these design defects can lead to serious collisions and catastrophic injuries. At Clark, Fountain, La Vista, Prather, Keen & Littky-Rubin, our Florida auto accident attorneys understand roadway design defect lawsuits and what must be shown to help the victims obtain compensation for the damages they have sustained.
In one case, we secured a confidential settlement on behalf of our client who was involved in a car crash. Our client was paralyzed after a driver from the opposite direction struck his vehicle at an intersection. Barriers were placed on the road for a construction project. This impaired the vision of both drivers. Our attorneys were able to prove that it was a violation of sight line regulations and the architect, engineering firms, and general contractor were considered liable.
We know what it takes to successfully litigate on behalf of our clients and obtain the justice they deserve. When someone sustains a serious injury as a result of someone else’s negligence, they have the right to speak with an attorney about their legal options. Our team is dedicated to protecting the rights of those who have been harmed through no fault of their own.
Contact our legal team today to discuss your potential case if you were seriously hurt due to a roadway design defect.