When a driver encounters an unexpected road hazard, they may be forced to slam on brakes or swerve, and may crash into other vehicles or structures. This can lead to serious accidents with serious injuries. If you’ve been injured in an accident caused by any kind of road hazard, contact an accident lawyer in Tampa at the Capaz Law Firm. We handle all kinds of car accidents including those caused by road hazards. We will investigate your accident and seek to hold the responsible party accountable.
If a road hazard caused you to get into an accident, you may be able to file a claim against the party responsible for creating the hazardous condition.
A common road hazard is road debris which includes items that have fallen from another vehicle, such as a mattress falling from a pickup truck, or items that have entered the roadway from someone’s property. Road debris may flatten tires, get caught underneath the vehicle, or cause the driver to slam on breaks, swerve or lose control. When this happens, the person responsible for the debris may be held liable for the accident.
Poorly maintained roadways that contain road hazards such as potholes may also lead to accidents. When known hazards are not repaired, you may file a claim against that the government entity responsible for maintaining the road. Similarly, if a construction crew creates a hazardous condition that causes an accident, they may be accountable.
Accidents can also occur when objects interfere with a driver’s line of sight. Objects such as trees, shrubbery or buildings may block or limit a driver’s visibility while driving, making it difficult for drivers to see who or what is ahead of them. When this happens, you may file a claim against the party responsible for obstructing your view.
In some instances, you may be considered partially at fault for the accident. However, you can still file a claim against the party responsible for creating the hazardous condition that caused your accident. In this scenario, the victim in the accident can still be awarded damages, but the award will be limited by the percentage of blame they have in the accident. A lawyer can review your specific case to explain what parties may be held liable in your road hazard accident.
If you or a loved one has been injured in any kind of auto accident, contact an accident lawyer in Tampa at the Capaz Law Firm. We will fight to hold the negligent party accountable and seek the compensation you need to recover from your injuries. Call (813) 440-2700 for your free consultation.
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