When most people think of vehicle accidents, they think of a crash involving two or more vehicles and being caused by the negligence of a driver. However, there are times when accidents in and around the Dallas area are caused by poor roadway quality. Johnson, Zegen, Scott & Williams, PLLC, our Dallas car accident lawyers want to talk about who can be held liable in the event the crash is caused by bad roads. We have the resources necessary to help clients recover the compensation they are entitled to from negligent construction companies or even government entities involved in roadway maintenance.
When we turn to information available from the Texas Department of Transportation, we can see that there were more than 205,000 total people injured in vehicle crashes across the state during the latest reporting year. Unfortunately, more than 12,000 of these injuries were considered serious, and 3,896 people lost their lives. When it comes to examining how many of these crashes were caused by poor roadway quality, the state of Texas is not very forthcoming with the data.
The reality is that state and local government entities throughout Texas are usually responsible for inspecting and maintaining the roadways. Bad roadway conditions can lead to more than just a bumpy ride for drivers. If roads deteriorate to the level where they become dangerous, this could result in serious crashes that cause major injuries.
At Johnson, Zegen, Scott & Williams, PLLC, some of the most common poor roadway conditions that lead to accidents that we see include the following:
Unfortunately, poor roadway conditions often lead to severe accidents that cause devastating injuries. It is not uncommon for our Dallas car accident attorneys to help clients who have sustained the following injuries in accidents caused by bad roadway conditions:
If poor roadway conditions caused a crash, it may be necessary to file a lawsuit against the state government or local government in Texas. However, filing a personal injury claim against a government entity in this state is more challenging than a traditional personal injury claim. the texas Tort Claims Act does partially waive the state’s immunity to liability for wrongs committed by government entities and their employees, but it does limit how much money can be recovered to no more than $250,000 per person and $500,000 per occurrence for bodily injury and $100,000 per occurrence for property damage. Any injury claim made under the Texas Tort Claims Act must be filed within six months from the date of the accident.
Claims against local governments in Texas must be filed with the local or municipal government directly, not the state. In these instances, most local governments provide instructions for filing claims.
If you or somebody you care about has been injured in an accident caused by bad roadway quality in or around the Dallas area, reach out to the team at Johnson, Zegen, Scott & Williams, PLLC for help today. Our attorneys have the resources necessary to fully investigate what caused your crash and to help you recover the compensation you are entitled to. We do not care if this means going up against third-party contractors, construction companies, or even a government entity. Let us help you secure compensation for your medical bills, lost income, property damage expenses, and more. When you need a Dallas car accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or by calling us at 214-295-2900.