Dallas Bad Road Conditions Lawyer
Most auto accidents in Dallas happen due to one or more drivers’ negligence. However, some accidents result from road conditions that are defective or poorly-maintained and dangerous. If a road issue left you injured, speak with a Dallas bad road conditions lawyer.
Our Dallas car accident law firm can help. We’ve helped countless injury victims win what they deserve—and we are not afraid to fight for your rights. We can help you build a strong insurance claim to pursue financial recovery for damages that were not your fault.
Contact us today, and we’ll get you started with a FREE consultation and case evaluation. We can answer your questions, go over the details of your case, and determine your best options. Plus, we will not charge a fee unless we win you compensation. Call (214) 305-8277 or contact us online to get started for FREE today.
How Bad Road Conditions Lead to Accidents in Dallas
If the road you’re driving on is not safe, it’s a potential liability. Poor road conditions can lead to severe accidents. As a driver, you might have no choice but to stay on the road where you’re traveling, so it is not your fault if conditions are unsafe and lead to a crash.
Common examples of harmful and dangerous road conditions in Dallas include:
- Uneven pavement
- Poorly-placed or maintained road signs or traffic signals
- Sharp or sudden curves
- Blocked off construction sites
- Trees or other vegetation blocking visibility
- Sudden shoulder drop-offs
- Too-quick lane detours
- Missing lane dividers or guardrails
- Poor drainage for rain, ice, or snow conditions
These are just a few examples. Any defect or problem on a Dallas road can lead to issues, especially if it is not recognized and fixed quickly.
If an unsafe road condition left you injured, don’t wait to get legal help. A Dallas bad road conditions lawyer can help you file a personal injury claim and seek the compensation you deserve.
Liability in a Crash Caused by Bad Road Conditions
To have a successful claim, you will need to determine the at-fault party in your accident. In most auto accidents, the at-fault party is another driver. But it’s often a different story when bad road conditions are the cause of the accident.
The liable party in an adverse road conditions accident is usually the government entity responsible for maintaining the roadway. However, there are cases where a road maintenance company, a construction company, or other drivers can be at least partially at fault.
Proportionate Responsibility in Texas Claims
The state of Texas uses a proportionate responsibility law to determine who is responsible for the damages from an accident. According to Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 13.001:
- You (as the claimant) are barred from recovering damages if you were greater than 50% at fault for the accident.
- If you were not greater than 50% at fault, you can still seek compensation based on your percentage of fault.
- For example, if you are five percent at fault, your compensation would be reduced by five percent, and you would still be able to recover the remaining 95% of your damages.
Since bad road condition accidents can sometimes involve multiple parties, Texas’s proportionate responsibility laws might apply.
It’s best to speak with an experienced Dallas lawyer about the fault in your case. The at-fault party or their insurance company might try to pin the blame on you even if you hold no responsibility in the accident. To get a FREE consultation to discuss the specifics with the best attorney for your case, call (214) 305-8277 or contact us online today.
Common Injuries Resulting from Road Defects
Accidents caused by poor road conditions can lead to severe and life-threatening injuries like:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Neck and shoulder injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Internal organ damage
These injuries do not even account for emotional pain and suffering you might endure after the accident. Plus, you might have to miss work time and face other unexpected expenses because of the accident. A lawyer can help you calculate your total damages based on everything that you’ve lost and experienced.
You’ll want to get medical attention right away if you have severe injuries from the accident. If you do not need emergency treatment at the scene, see a doctor as soon as possible afterward.
Before filing your claim, it’s best to reach maximum medical improvement (MMI), which is when you’ve recovered as fully as you can with medical treatment. That way, you’ll know your total medical expenses, including future costs, and will know what type of settlement you deserve.
You Have Two Years To File a Claim
The sooner you can get legal assistance after your accident, the better. In Texas, you typically have two years from the date of an accident to file a claim for compensation. If you are filing a claim against a government entity—which is likely the case if you were injured because of bad road conditions—you only have six months to take action.
Six months go by exceptionally quickly because legal cases have many different steps. Plus, you have to give notice to any government entity before filing a lawsuit against them. To ensure you are doing everything as efficiently and correctly as possible, reach out to an experienced lawyer.
Your lawyer can immediately begin working on your case. They can:
- Investigate the details of the accident;
- Compile information to support your claim;
- Build a strong case for you; and
- Handle all communication and negotiation with the insurance company.
Talk to a Dallas Bad Road Conditions Lawyer During a Free Consultation Today
If a crash caused by bad road conditions left you hurt in Dallas, our Dallas car accident lawyers can help. We know how dangerous the aftermath of this type of accident can be, and we can take on the complicated legal side of things for you.
We do not charge a fee unless we’re able to win you compensation, so there is no risk to you. We stand out from other personal injury firms because our communication is second to none. You can rest assured that your lawyer will keep you in the loop each step of the way.
To get started with a FREE, no-risk consultation today, call (214) 305-8277 or contact us online today.