If you get injured in a car accident and you believe that the other driver is to blame, you can sue them for compensation. Sometimes another driver is not the only cause of an accident though. Sometimes the road conditions can also contribute to an accident, and when that happens there may be another liable party in your case. A Corpus Christi, Texas car accident lawyer can talk to you about your accident and help you figure out who should be held accountable.

What Kinds of Road Conditions Can Cause an Accident?

Negligent drivers can make driving more dangerous, but so can bad road conditions. We can think of many that can contribute to accidents, including:

  • Weather like rain or fog
  • Debris left over from road work
  • Large potholes or cracks in the road
  • Faded lines for lanes or road borders
  • Lack of guardrails, signage, or other important infrastructure

What Should I Do After Bad Road Conditions Have Caused an Accident?

You should get pictures of the accident scene and any contributing road conditions if possible. This can help you show that the road itself also helped cause the accident, and that can help you hold all negligent parties accountable.

Other than that, take the steps that you normally would take after a car crash. Call the police, exchange info with the other driver involved, and get medical care as soon as possible. If there were witnesses to the crash, get their contact info too.

Who Can Be Held Responsible For Bad Road Conditions?

Not all road conditions can be sued over. For example, rain can make the road slippery and contribute to an accident. It’s tough to sue clouds though. However, if this rain pools on the road and causes cars to hydroplane and hit each other, then the government responsible for maintaining the road might have a problem. If the government knew that there were dangerous road conditions but neglected to address them, then you may have a case against it.

If debris got left behind after road work and that caused your accident, then you may be able to sue a construction firm that acted irresponsibly. If this company created a dangerous situation, they should be held liable.

Are There Special Rules About Suing Local Government?

If you decide to sue a construction firm or another driver, you have two years to act under the statute of limitations in Texas. That is not the case if you want to sue a town or city. You have six months to submit a claim and let the government know of your intent to sue. Some areas set their own shorter time limits. This is why it’s a good idea to talk to a lawyer as soon as you can. We will do our best to ensure that all liable parties can be held accountable for the harm that this accident caused.

Talk to an Attorney Today

If you were injured in an accident and you are ready to fight for compensation, we are ready to fight by your side. Contact Sahadi Legal Group and schedule your free initial consultation. We’ll take a closer look at your case and help you figure out what your legal options are.