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Can I file a lawsuit against the state or federal agency responsible for the dangerous road conditions that led to my car accident?

 

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Quite possibly. Generally, the state or federal agencies that are responsible for road and highway conditions can be held liable for unsafe conditions that cause crashes and injuries. Some examples of dangerous conditions that would be grounds for liability claims include:

  • Signs, bushes, or other obstructions blocking drivers’ sight
  • Improperly marked construction zones
  • Dangerous pavement edge drops
  • Highway defects or faulty design
  • Other roadside hazards

Because agencies from the city, county, state, or federal level are responsible for highway conditions, construction, and overall care, drivers who are injured in highway accidents as a result of hazardous conditions can sue. However, sometimes, government agencies contract out with private companies to perform roadside construction or repairs. If the hazardous condition was a result of a private company, they may be legally liable for a crash and not the government agency.

Because government agencies or private companies have a duty of care to ensure the roads in Florida are safe, they are responsible when they create a highway hazard. When dangerous road conditions exist, innocent people like you can suffer due to no fault of your own.

It can be complex suing a government agency, which is why it is important that you speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. There are deadlines involved when filing a claim against the government, and you don’t want to miss out on receiving compensation because you missed the window. In fact, you may have to put a city or government agency on notice within a certain time period before filing a lawsuit.

To overcome the challenges of filing a claim against a government entity and to be successful in seeking compensation, contact our Sarasota law firm for help. You can reach us at 888-409-3805 for a complimentary initial consultation.