Charlotte Negligent Freeway Designs Attorney
Accidents that occur on major highways can lead to serious injuries for drivers and passengers. Unfortunately, many freeway and highway accidents occur due to the faulty design of the roadway itself. At Price, Petho & Associates, we understand that this can present obstacles when it comes to securing compensation that victims need. Our Charlotte negligent freeway design attorneys will work to secure any compensation you are entitled to if you have been injured. You deserve to have an advocate standing by your side in these situations.
What does a negligent freeway design mean?
The construction and maintenance of a freeway or highway is the responsibility of various parties. This can include the North Carolina government as well as local governmental agencies. However, highway and freeway construction and design are often the responsibility of third-party construction companies.
Unfortunately, a poor highway or freeway design can lead to significant accidents that cause severe injuries for victims. There are various ways that a freeway design can become hazardous. This includes:
- A lack of guardrails
- A lack of proper warning signs
- Highway signs improperly placed so as to direct traffic in the wrong direction
- Signs obscured by vegetation
- Defective traffic control systems
- Missing shoulders on the freeway
- Failing to maintain freeway shoulders
- Sharp curves or turns in the roadway
Who is liable in these cases?
The owner of the roadway, whether that is the state of North Carolina or a local municipal government, is ultimately responsible for the design of the roadway, as well as maintenance and repair. However, filing a lawsuit against any governmental entity can be incredibly difficult. In these cases, victims of injuries are allowed to file lawsuits against a government entity under the NC Tort Claims Act.
Claims against a state or local government in North Carolina must be filed within three years from the date the injury occurred. If the incident involved the death of a victim, family members must file a wrongful death claim within two years from the date of death. These claims will be filed with the state Industrial Commission.
Proving liability in these incidents is going to require the assistance from an attorney with vast experience handling complicated injury cases. It may be necessary to work with highway design experts to provide witness testimony as to the dangers of the roadway where the accident occurred.
We can help with your case today
If you or somebody you love has been injured in an accident caused by a poorly designed freeway or highway, you need to speak to an attorney as soon as possible. At Price, Petho & Associates, our team has the experience necessary to conduct a complete investigation into your case and secure any compensation you may be entitled to. This can include:
- Full coverage of your medical expenses
- Lost income if you cannot work while you recover
- Any household out-of-pocket expenses
- Pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life damages