When Unsafe Road Conditions Cause Accidents
If you have been injured in a car accident, you may have more options than you think. Car accidents can be caused for other reasons than unsafe driving. Many accidents are caused by defective car parts and many more are caused by poorly designed roadways.
At the Pittsburgh and Philadelphia law offices of Caroselli, Beachler & Coleman, L.L.C., we represent people who have been injured on Pennsylvania roads. If you or someone you care about has been hurt, you should know that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and other local Pennsylvania municipalities can be held responsible for accidents or injuries that occur because of improperly designed or maintained roadways.
When Government Neglects Its Safe Roadway Obligation
It is the responsibility of the government to maintain public streets, roads, highways and bridges. If, in some circumstances, the responsible governmental entity neglects its obligation to provide safe roadways, then dangerous conditions may arise including:
- Unmaintained bridges and roads
- Dangerous intersections
- Uneven pavement
- Poor signage
- Debris on the road
Additionally, road and traffic engineers have a duty to design new roadways to handle the demands of traffic congestion and faster speeds of vehicles. The design of new roadways should not result in blind intersections, dangerous merge lanes or tight curves that pose potential hazards to drivers.
Although state and local municipalities are generally charged with the responsibility of maintaining and ensuring the safety of roadways, these entities can be immune from responsibility for accidents, so a careful and thorough investigation of your accident is important to accomplish as soon as possible.
Contact A Lawyer
If you are involved in an accident due to a defect in a roadway or a poorly designed roadway, you are best served by attorneys who have the knowledge and experience in litigating these types of claims and have previously addressed issues of state and local immunity. Contact the lawyers at Caroselli, Beachler & Coleman, L.L.C., by calling us at 412-567-1232 in Pittsburgh or Western Pennsylvania, 215-792-6153 in Philadelphia or Eastern Pennsylvania or toll free at 866-466-5789. You may also complete our online contact form. Initial consultations are free and confidential.