Was Your Accident Caused By A Road Defect?
You need an experienced attorney on your side
When we get behind the wheel, we trust that the roads are safe for travel – free of potholes and debris, properly lit and clearly signed. Unfortunately, not every road is maintained up to those standards. Poor design, shoddy construction techniques and inadequate maintenance can all lead to serious accidents and serious injuries.
The Law Firm of Pajcic & Pajcic has helped many victims of accidents caused by defective roads in Jacksonville and throughout the surrounding communities. In fact, these cases are a cornerstone of our practice. Our car accident attorneys have been serving the community for over 45 years, and some of our biggest cases involved defective roads and poor signage, including:
- An $8 million recovery for the paralyzed victim of an accident on a hidden hairpin turn.
- A $7 million recovery in an accident caused by poorly marked entries and exits in a grocery store parking lot.
- A seven-figure recovery after a poor construction plan caused six wrecks over six nights.
Winning those cases wasn’t easy. It took a concerted effort from a legal team with centuries of combined experience to get our clients the fair compensation they needed. Because every case is unique, we can’t promise a comparable result in your case. But we can promise that we’ll provide our signature service, bring our resources to bear and above all, treat you with the care and compassion you deserve.
Here’s how an experienced road defect accident lawyer can help
Accidents involving dangerous road conditions are much more complicated than most car accidents. Legal liability can be complex with multiple defendants involved – in one of the seven-figure recoveries we mentioned above, we recovered from seven different defendants – and each party may have its own insurance carrier. Some of the parties that may be involved in a road defect accident include:
Municipalities or government agencies. They are responsible for maintaining the road. Pursuing damages from government agencies can be difficult because they have legal protection from tort liability. There are strict reporting and filing deadlines that need to be followed. Our attorneys have the experience and resources needed to help our clients recover compensation from government entities when possible.
Private companies hired by the government. Municipalities and government agencies often hire third-party contractors, such as private engineering and construction companies, to design, build and maintain roads. Those contractors are not protected by sovereign immunity and typically have the resources and available insurance coverage to fairly compensate victims of their shoddy or negligent construction techniques.
Businesses and establishments. Often, road defect accidents happen in parking lots, in driveways or on private roads. The owner or manager of the property may be responsible for maintaining the road or providing adequate signage on the road. You may be able to file a claim against the person responsible for the property.
Another motorist. Road defects don’t absolve motorists of responsibility for driving safely. It’s entirely possible for another driver to be partially at fault for the accident, even if a road defect also played a role. You may be able to pursue a claim with the other driver’s insurance company just as you would in any other auto accident case.