Charlotte Defective Roadways Attorney
Vehicle accidents can lead to severe injuries for drivers and passengers. While most people think of car accidents as being caused by driver error, the reality is that accidents can also be caused by defects in the roadway. At Price, Petho & Associates, our skilled and experienced attorneys understand that there are various ways that a roadway can be defective and cause significant injuries. Our Charlotte defective roadway attorneys are here to help if you are loved one has been injured. Let us investigate the incident and work to secure any compensation you may be entitled to.
How do roadways become defective in NC?
A detailed investigation into the causes of car accidents often uncovers evidence that a defective roadway caused the incident. Some of the most common examples of how roadway defects can cause car accidents include the following:
- Utility poles, signs, or landscaping that blocks a driver’s view
- Inadequate shoulders on the highways
- Poorly designed entry and exit ramps on highways
- Stop signs or yield signs obscured the obstacles
- Defective traffic signals
- Missing speed limit or other warning signs
- Improperly graded roadsides
- Debris that has not been removed from the roadway
- Incomplete construction lacking adequate warning signs
According to the latest reporting year of data available from the North Carolina Department of Transportation, there were more than 281,000 total collisions reported. Out of these incidents, we know that there were 1,422 fatalities and more than 125,000 injuries. While most of these accidents were caused by driver errors, many were caused by a roadway defect.
Who can be held liable in these cases?
If a defective roadway is believed to have caused an accident, and the party that is liable is a municipal or state government entity, then it may be necessary to file a lawsuit to recover compensation. Claims against the state of North Carolina or any local government in the state can be filed under the North Carolina Tort Claims Act.
Any injury claim must be made within three years from the date the injury occurred. If the incident involved a fatality, a wrongful death claim must be made against the government entity within two years from the date of death. All claims made against state or local governments in North Carolina must be filed with the state Industrial Commission.
Let us help you with your case today
If you or somebody you care about has been injured in an accident caused by a roadway defect in North Carolina, contact an attorney as soon as possible. At Price, Petho & Associates, we are going to investigate the incident and work to secure any compensation you may be entitled to from the parties responsible. This could include:
- Coverage of your medical expenses
- Lost wages if you cannot work
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of personal enjoyment damages
- Property damage expenses
Our team understands what it takes to win cases against governmental authorities in these situations. When you need a Charlotte defective roadway attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or calling 704-850-6322.