Springfield Road Defect Lawyers
Was Your Accident Caused by a Defective or Dangerous Road in Missouri?
Every year, thousands of Americans suffer injuries in car accidents resulting from road defects. These defects consist of any abnormality or flaw in a road, many of which may hamper a driver’s ability to safely control his or her vehicle.
Oftentimes, road defects arise as a result of poor road maintenance, which may be considered an act of municipal negligence. If you or someone you love suffered injuries in an auto accident caused by a road defect, contact the Springfield road defect accident lawyers at Strong-Garner-Bauer P.C. at (417) 855-2022 for a free consultation.
Common Road Defects
Road defects may be on the actual roadway or in the surrounding areas. Additionally, defects may arise from construction and other roadwork.
Common examples of road defects are:
- Shoulder Drop-Off
- Uneven Pavement
- Lack of Signs
- Lack of Guardrails
- Construction Site Negligence
- Municipal Negligence
When a driver comes into contact with any of these defects, he or she can easily lose control of the vehicle. This puts the driver at greater risk for a single-car accident, such as rolling over, crashing into permanent structures, or veering off the road. In addition, some road defects have the potential to cause large, multi-car accidents that result in serious injury or even loss of life.
In many cases, the municipality in charge of maintaining a roadway is liable for injuries resulting from road defects. Individuals affected by road defects may be entitled to financial compensation if they pursue a personal injury lawsuit.
How long do I have to file a personal injury case in Missouri?Every state has a time limit for how long you have to file a personal injury claim called the statute of limitations. In Missouri, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is five years from the date the injury occurred or could have been reasonably discovered. If you fail to file your personal injury lawsuit before the statute of limitations expires then the defendant will most certainly file a motion to dismiss the case.
What does a personal injury lawyer do?
Personal injury lawyers are legal experts dedicated to helping those who have been injured in an accident navigate the complex issues on their road to recovery. They specialize in tort law, protecting the rights of victims and ensuring they receive compensation for their suffering.
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Proving Liability for Road Defects
It can be exceedingly difficult to bring a lawsuit against government agencies, due to sovereign immunity. Sovereign immunity protects government agencies from civil actions. The courts have slowly eroded sovereign immunity by permitting lawsuits against grossly negligent or reckless government agencies. It can take a good deal of evidence to prove that you have a legitimate claim, but your attorney can help you build a strong case.
You will need to determine what parties may possibly be held responsible for your injuries. Because road building and maintenance is a huge undertaking, it is likely that there are several parties involved, such as private contractors or federal, state, or local government agencies. You should be able to locate this information in records at the county clerk’s office. Records about roads are available due to several open records acts, so you should be able to discover which agencies are involved in the road that caused your accident.
Building Your Claim
If you are bringing a lawsuit against the organizations involved in building and maintaining the road that caused your injuries, you will need to provide a considerable amount of evidence. This can be challenging, but it is possible that your lawyer can help you find the evidence you need. Here are some credible and relevant sources of information that you can use to build your case.
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