New York City Roadway Design Defect Lawyers
Car Accidents Caused by Issues with the Road
Rubenstein & Rynecki in New York City offers legal representation to locals from all walks of life who have been in car accidents that were not their fault. But that doesn’t mean that we only take cases against negligent drivers. We are also accustomed to taking difficult claims that involve unexpected liable parties like when a roadway design defect causes the crash.
Potholes in the streets of New York City are a common sight, but that is not an excuse. If a pothole or another type of roadway issue caused your crash, then the public entity in charge of that stretch of road should be held liable. It would be our honor to build a claim in your name and take it against whatever party should be paying for your damages.
For more information about how to handle such a difficult and complex case, call (718) 522-1020.
Different Types of Unsafe Road Defects
Take a look at the road almost anywhere in New York City, and you will probably see some sort of defect or damage. Even when transportation departments are actively repairing and maintaining roads, defects are common. You do not need to search around for a firm that can handle your claim, though. Our New York City road defect accident attorneys know how to handle cases involving all sorts
Let us know if any of these roadway defects or design issues caused your crash:
- Potholes: As mentioned, potholes are a big problem in New York City, as well as most other cities across the state. Hitting a pothole while traveling at a high speed can cause a driver to lose control of their vehicle and crash.
- Damaged or missing guardrails: Along curves, off-ramps, and other portions of the road, guardrails should be positioned to prevent motorists from driving off the road. If your crash was worsened due to a missing or damaged guardrail, then you could have a claim for compensation.
- Unclear lane markers: Drivers can become understandably confused if the lane markers are unclear or have not been repainted in years. While trying to figure out how to stay within a lane, a driver could inadvertently cause or get into an accident.
- Confusing traffic signs: It can also be confusing to figure out what rules of the road you should follow if the road signs and traffic lights are damaged, missing, or are otherwise placed in an unclear manner. The City has an obligation to make sure that all road signs are consistent and easily followed.
Who is Liable for a Roadway Defect Crash?
When a road defect causes a car accident, the opposition in the resulting injury claims could be a public entity or municipality. Specifically, the New York State Department of Transportation or the New York City Department of Transportation might be the organizations in charge of ensuring the roads are safe for public use. Filing a claim against these groups is inherently challenging because government bodies have more protection from liability than the average individual or business.
Statutes of limitations against public entities are often much shorter than usual, too. You could have as little as 30 days to file a complaint, so it is imperative that you act quickly and speak with our team.
Prepare Your Case – Call Our Firm Now
The best time to learn about how to file a defective roadway accident claim in New York City is right now. You can dial (718) 522-1020 and speak with our attorneys about what happened. We would be happy to speak with you about your circumstances and figure out the best approach to get you the compensation that you need and deserve.
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