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When car accidents occur on public roadways, it’s sometimes due to the dangerous conditions of the roads themselves. Roads and highways may be designed or constructed poorly, proper safety precautions may be absent, such as guard rails and barriers, or there may be a lack of regular maintenance, allowing roads to deteriorate and become unsafe. Any or all of these factors can contribute to accidents, injuries and wrongful death.
In the event of a serious car accident in which you or a loved one is injured, potentially because of a negligent failure to act, or negligent inaction of the agency responsible to road maintenance, it is possible that CALTRANS may be at fault.
CALTRANS, also referred to as the California Department of Transportation, has a multi-billion dollar budget, and when the California Highway Patrol alerts them to a problematic stretch of roadway, it is their responsibility to asses the issue and determine what should be done to resolve problem in order to make the area safer for drivers. Some common issues that Caltrans is typically charged with handling include:
- Proper water drainage from roads and highways
- Damaged or missing roadside guardrails
- Malfunctioning, damaged, or missing gates at railroad crossings
- Proper placement of protective barriers and signage
- Poorly designed merger lanes
- Faded centerlines
- Reduced visibility from trees or other vegetation
After an accident, official police investigations rarely indicate whether a dangerous road or highway was a contributing factor. If you or a loved one have been involved in a severe vehicular accident, you should contact an experienced personal injury lawyer immediately. We can help you determine the cause of the accident and make sure those responsible and held accountable.
At the Law Offices of Steers & Associates, we want to make sure your compensation is enough to cover current and future hospitalization and medical expenses, rehabilitation, medication, and surgery, lost wages or loss of future income, due to an inability to work, pain and suffering due to trauma caused by the accident and other expenses which you may incur.
Claims against government entities
In California, if you are harmed by a state, county or local government agency such as CALTRANS or the City of Los Angeles, you generally have only 6 months to file a claim.