Poor road design, construction, and repair are somewhat overlooked issues that can lead to truck accidents. If you were injured in a collision that was caused or impacted in any way by dangerous road conditions, we can help. A Lafayette roadway problems lawyer is here to help you gather the evidence needed to prove a claim, seek damages from the at-fault party, and assist you every step of the way.
At Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers, we can help you recover the cost of:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Diminished earning capacity
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering and inconvenience
- Psychological distress
To learn more about your options for financial recovery, reach out to a Lafayette truck accident lawyer.
Types of Road Issues That Cause Accidents
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, roads are designed with the idea of safety in mind. However, many contributing factors can cause truck accidents.
Your accident could have been caused by any one of the following elements:
Road Surface Issues
Every couple of years, roads should be paved over to prevent cracks, uneven surfaces, and other maintenance issues from causing collisions.
Improper road care can lead to:
- Asphalt raveling
Weather conditions can worsen such problems, such as when rainwater fills a pothole, obscuring a potential hazard.
Roadway Functionality and Design
Roads should come with basic safety features that allow drivers to drive defensively.
Some examples of poor roadway designs include:
- Narrow roads and bridges
- No road shoulders
- Steep road gradients
- Improper placement of traffic signals
- Even lanes
- Insufficient banking on dangerous turns
- Low overhead passes
- Passing lanes that abruptly end
- Obscured signs
- Inadequate lighting
Your collision may have been caused by circumstances that we have not included here. You can expect your Lafayette roadway problems lawyer to investigate the cause of your accident to assign liability.
Call a Lafayette personal injury lawyer today to schedule your free consultation.
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Liability in a Layfette Roadway Problems Accident
The maintenance and upkeep of public roads is the responsibility of the government. Most public streets, avenues, or thoroughfares are public roads. They are public resources and are owned by a branch of the government, such as the Department of Transportation. As such, a municipality can be held responsible for maintaining them. So, if you were injured in an accident caused by a poor roadway, you may be able to hold this entity responsible.
The issue with roadway problems is that it can be difficult to determine which government departments and agencies are formally charged with maintaining a specific road. A city, parish, county, state, or federal department may be responsible for the maintenance of the road on which you suffered an accident. Our team can help you determine which of these agencies is responsible for the road on which you were injured.
A Contractor Could be Liable For Your Damages
Liability could rest on a third-party contractor. Let’s say that during the course of your lawyer’s investigation, the municipality that oversaw the road did everything in their power to keep the road safe. Maybe while the road was being constructed, they outsourced construction to an organization that did not directly work for the government. If a third-party contractor, for example, did not use roadworthy materials in the construction of a street, then they may be financially liable.
A Roadway Cleanup Crew Could Be Held At Fault
If a roadway cleanup crew did not fulfill their obligations, and their negligence caused your collision, you could hold them financially liable. Let’s say that while driving, your vehicle hit a tree branch and spun out of control, causing a collision with a truck. In this situation, the party responsible for keeping the roadways clear of debris could be held responsible.
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Pieces of Evidence That Could Support Your Case
Your case must be built on evidence to promote its’ success. While you are recovering from your injuries, you can expect your Lafayette roadway problems lawyer to collect pieces of information that support your allegations.
Relevant forms of evidence in your case could include:
- Photos and videos of the accident scene
- Traffic surveillance footage, which may have documented the collision itself
- Eyewitness testimony that attests to the hazardous roadway
- Testimony from an accident reconstruction specialist
- Your medical records to show the severity of your injuries
- Documents that detail the construction of the roadway, its’ periodic maintenance, and other relevant information
You may already have some of these items in your possession. If so, share them with your legal team. To recover compensation for your losses, you will need to demonstrate how another party’s negligence contributed to your injuries. To begin a free case review, call Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers now.
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Louisiana’s Statute of Limitations
Under Louisiana Civil Code §3492, you usually have one year from the date of your accident to take your case to court. If you do not act within the state’s statute of limitations, your case could be time-barred, preventing you from bringing your case before a judge.
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We Can Help You Seek Damages
We understand that assigning liability is never easy. Yet, you do not have to accomplish this task on your own. A Lafayette roadway problems lawyer is your advocate throughout your case.
Some of the services your lawyer can perform include:
- Notifying the involved parties of your accident and injuries
- Filing your legal documents on time and to the appropriate offices
- Negotiating for a settlement that leaves you with no out-of-pocket expenses
- Calculating the cost of your economic and noneconomic damages
- Consulting with a third-party field expert to gain further insight into your case
- Collecting evidence to assign fault and liability
- Preparing your case for litigation, if necessary
At Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers, we work on a contingency-fee basis. We do not get paid until the successful resolution of your case––and only if we recover compensation on your behalf. Otherwise, you do not owe us our attorney’s fees. The sooner you give us a call, the sooner you can learn more about your potential for financial recovery.
To get started, call us now at (337) 777-7777.