Car accidents are sometimes caused by poor road conditions in the city of Atlanta, Georgia. The phrase "poor road conditions" can mean many different things, but ultimately it means that the road condition was either the cause of the accident or part of the cause. When poor road conditions are present, drivers are expected to be extra careful and drive reasonably given those conditions. When those people fail to do so and injure you, you can win financial compensation through a personal injury lawsuit.
If you or someone you care about was injured in a poor road conditions accident in Atlanta, Georgia or the surrounding areas, experienced personal injury attorney John D. Hadden is here to help. You deserve to have your rights protected.
Atlanta, Georgia Personal Injury Lawyer
John D. Hadden focuses his practice on representing accident victims, including those persons who have been injured due to road defects or poor road conditions. If you drive in Atlanta, you know that these roads can be dangerous – I-285 is a prime example, but there are also many surface streets in poor conditions. Many roads are in need of serious repairs while others become more dangerous during unfavorable weather conditions.
You may get into an accident in Atlanta, either by yourself or with another driver, and neither of you may know why. It could be the road conditions. And that leaves you with this question: who is liable, and who can you sue? John D. Hadden knows how to identify these types of situations, and will help you get the compensation you deserve. His personal injury experience, including his extensive trial experience, lends him the insight to take on unique cases like these and to yield successful outcomes.
Poor Road Conditions Accidents in Atlanta
Poor road conditions, generally speaking, means the present condition of the road is in a state that is less safe than usual. This can be due to disrepair, weather, or many other factors.
So, keep in mind, if you were in an accident, think back on the conditions of the road. If you happen to be in an accident tomorrow, make sure to take pictures of the scene of the accident, including the road conditions, weather, etc. Your recollections and pictures of the same can be useful to your attorney.
Here's an overview of the road conditions you should look out for.
Poor Weather Conditions
Poor weather conditions are one of the most common causes of car accidents related to poor road conditions. In Atlanta, this typically means rain. Rain makes the roads slippery, especially when combined with oil or grease from cars. Drivers are expected to know and take into account the fact that it takes longer to stop when roads are wet. In rare cases, it snows, and drivers who never drive in snow drive dangerously, causing serious injury. Additionally, if a road is poorly designed, water may not drain properly, leaving standing water that can lead to hydroplaning and other dangerous situations.
Roads that are damaged by potholes or poorly executed repairs can cause serious injuries to those who drive upon them. The negligence of other drivers to take this into account can be the basis for liability. In some cases, the damaged road itself leads to your injury, and you may be able to file a lawsuit against the city or another government entity responsible for building or repairing the road. In some cases, the contractor that designed, built, or repaired the road may be responsible. These cases can be complex and require an attorney with years of experience in personal injury lawsuits against government entities and corporations.
In such a highly populated city as Atlanta, debris on the roads is a common problem. Whether this is human-made trash or natural items (e.g., tree limbs) blown onto streets by the weather, drivers need to be aware of the possibility of debris. When debris causes another driver to cause you harm, you may be able to hold the responsible party liable for his or her actions.
Who is at fault for poor road conditions in Atlanta GA?
The government must keep public roads safe. Roads on private property must also be kept safe. In more cases than not, it is usually an accident occurring on a public road, and as such, it is typically a governmental agency at fault if the accident was caused by dangerous road conditions. But the government has certain immunities.
These immunities result in a slightly different claims process than any other kind of accident. For starters, pre-litigation, or ante litem, notice is required for many claims against government entities, which must be sent in a relatively short time after the accident. Municipalities often have insurance for this very purpose. Making sure you identify the right person or entity responsible and then making sure you comply with all formalities and deadlines will be key to a successful claim or lawsuit. Hiring the right attorney is fundamental to making sure the latter things are done.
Consult an Experienced Atlanta Poor Road Conditions Accident Attorney
Accidents caused by poor road conditions can lead to serious injury or death and are all too common in the busy city of Atlanta. When this is the case, you are entitled to financial compensation for your injuries. You need an experienced personal injury attorney to fight for your rights.
Contact experienced accident attorney John D. Hadden at the Hadden Law Firm today for a consultation.