Single-Vehicle Accident? Be Sure to Consider Road Defects as a Cause

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Single-vehicle accidents injure a significant number of people in the Phoenix area each year. If you have been hurt in an accident that involved only one vehicle, you may be under the impression that the accident was your (or the driver's) fault. After all, who else is there to blame? 

It is important to keep in mind that many single-vehicle accidents occur because of defects in the roadway, including the way it was designed or poor road maintenance. When that is the case, victims are often able to recover compensation for the losses they have sustained. As a result, it is strongly recommended that anyone involved in a single-vehicle accident fully investigates whether road defects could have played a role.

Some of the more common road defects that can result in serious single-vehicle accidents include the following:

  • Potholes
  • Missing or faded lane markings
  • Overgrown vegetation
  • Missing or inadequate signage
  • Broken or malfunctioning traffic signals
  • Inappropriate building materials
  • Missing guardrails
  • Poor landscaping
  • Inadequate lighting

Where Your Accident Occurred Can Have an Impact on Your Claim

An important issue in legal claims that arise from poor road design or maintenance is where the accident occurred. If the accident happened on private property, the claim will likely proceed like any other type of personal injury claim. If the accident happened on a public road, however, the claim will likely be subject to the provisions of the Arizona Tort Claims Act,1 which applies to claims brought against the government and its various subdivisions, including the agencies responsible for building and maintaining roads.

Claims brought under the Tort Claims Act are subject to much shorter time limits than standard personal injury claims are, so it is important for victims to speak to an attorney as soon as they can after an accident that occurred on a public road.

Call a Phoenix Car Accident Lawyer Today to Discuss Your Case

If you have been hurt in an accident that may have been caused by a defective roadway, you should speak to an attorney as soon as possible. To schedule a free consultation with a Phoenix auto accident attorney, call Abels & Annes, P.C. today at 602-5191 or contact us online.

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