Not all Philadelphia car accidents occur as the result of careless or reckless behavior on the part of drivers, pedestrians, or bicyclists. Some Philadelphia traffic collisions occur because of hazardous or defective roadways. Victims of these types of collisions have the legal right to hold the party responsible for designing and/or maintaining the roadway accountable for the crash.
The Philadelphia hazardous roadway accident lawyers at The Reiff Law Firm work with investigators to prove liability for injury accidents. For over three decades, we have lived and breathed every single case and are always humbled by the perseverance of our clients to overcome their physical, emotional, and financial challenges. We know how to hold at-fault parties accountable for their negligence and we have a proven track record of getting just compensation for our clients. Please contact us at (215) 246-9000 for a free and comprehensive consultation.
Filing an Injury Claim
There are many types of hazardous conditions in Philadelphia that can cause a serious injury accident and call for a person to file a personal injury claim. Common examples of defective roadway conditions that could cause injury accidents include potholes, debris that was not removed in a timely fashion, excessive gravel, oil slicks, inadequate warning signs, malfunctioning traffic signals, defectively designed roadways, blind corners, dangerous shoulders, improper grading, and inadequate lane width.
All of these hazardous conditions can cause a driver to lose control of his or her vehicle and suffer life-altering injuries. Unfortunately, injured victims of these types of accidents will not automatically get fair compensation for their losses – they have to fight for it.
Proving Negligence for Hazardous Roadways
In order to receive compensation after being hurt by a dangerous roadway condition, injured victims have to prove that the accident resulted from a hazardous condition, the government was aware of the condition, and that the governmental entity negligently failed to repair the dangerous roadway.
A skilled car accident attorney will work with investigators to prove exactly how the crash occurred. They may have to review the history of accidents at that location or investigate complaints that may have been filed with the city. Eyewitnesses, photographic evidence, and vehicle inspections can prove useful during the claim process as well. Proving liability can be a complicated process, but an attorney who has a successful track record and viable resources can be to your benefit.
Getting Fair Compensation
When an accident results from the negligence of a governmental entity, the injured victim can pursue financial compensation through civil litigation. All losses that directly resulted from the at-fault party’s negligence can be included in the claim. For example, if the injured victim was physically injured in the crash, financial compensation should be offered for medical bills, hospitalization costs, and other treatment expenses. A medical professional can prove useful when calculating future medical expenses such as the cost of physical or occupational therapy.
There are many non-medical losses that can be included in a claim as well. Current and future lost wages should be considered. In cases involving permanent injuries, victims should request compensation for a loss of earning potential, pain and suffering, and other long-term losses.
Reliable & Diligent Lawyers Protecting Your Rights
Going against the government is not easy, but the experienced Philadelphia hazardous roadway accident attorneys at The Reiff Law Firm are prepared to protect the rights of our clients. We have a proven track record of getting injured victims of Philadelphia crashes the compensation they need and rightfully deserve. If you have been injured in a crash caused by a dangerous or defective roadway, please call our offices today at (215) 246-9000 to discuss your legal rights and options.