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Dangerous Roads

Residents of Baltimore were recently relieved to see that a 5-foot wide, 10-foot deep hole that opened on I-95 North had been repaired in time for the morning commute. The State Highway Administration stated that the collapse of a drainage pipe led to the sinking of the hole. Fortunately, the problem was addressed before anyone sustained an injury. However, this is not always the case, and thousands of people are injured in car accidents caused by dangerous roads every year.

Dangerous Conditions

In any community, residents can identify areas where the most car accidents occur. In many cases, this is due to an intersection’s dangerous design or the existence of potholes. However, linking a road defect to an accident can be difficult. Fortunately, highway design experts and engineers are able to pinpoint exactly what types of road conditions cause dangerous accidents.

Most claims based on dangerous roads fall into one of three categories:

●Defective road design;

●Improper maintenance; and

●The failure to correct a preexisting dangerous condition.

Road Conditions and Liable Parties

There are a number of road conditions that can cause serious accidents. Some of the most common include:

●A failure to install a traffic control device;

●Inadequate lane width;

●Unsafe curves;

●A lack of pedestrian crosswalks;

●Poorly designed road barriers;

●The existence of trees or other plant life that limit visibility;

●Inadequate drainage;

●A failure to provide appropriate signs;

●Inadequate lighting; and

●A failure to fix potholes or cracks in the asphalt.

A claim against a government for injuries suffered because of any of these types of dangerous road conditions requires a showing that the condition existed and caused the accident, but also that the government knew or should have known about the danger and failed to respond. Alternatively, if a government employee used inadequate materials or failed to take appropriate action, a victim may also be able to hold that employee responsible.

Potentially liable parties include:

●Government agencies;

●Local municipalities;

●Engineers;

●Architects; and

●Contractors.

Government entities are generally protected by the legal doctrine of sovereign immunity. However, residents can bring a claim against the state under the Maryland Tort Claims Act within one year of the date of the accident. State employees are almost always protected from liability unless the person acted outside the scope of his or her employment or acted with gross negligence. In that case, an employee can be held personally liable for the injuries that his or her negligence caused.

In order to bring a claim against a county or city, a victim must file within 180 days of the accident. In Maryland, a local government’s liability is limited to $400,000 for an individual claim and $800,000 for all damages arising from the accident.

Charles County, MD Personal Injury Lawyers that Fight for You

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury in a car accident caused by a dangerous road, it is important to retain the services of an attorney who can help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Please contact a Maryland personal injury attorney at the Law Office of Robert R. Castro to schedule a free consultation.

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