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Texas Dangerous Road Conditions Accident Lawyer

Many factors can lead to a car accident on Texas roads, including distracted driving, speeding, or even bad weather. Yet, when you combine these with dangerous road conditions, the situation may escalate and cause much more severe injuries for those involved.

According to theTexas Department of Transportation crash report, there were 205,498 persons injured in motor vehicle traffic accidents on Texas roadways in 2020. Meanwhile, Texas highways such as the I-45 and I-20 are some of the most dangerous roads in the United States. 

If you or a loved one has been injured because of unsafe road conditions, you may be eligible to receive compensation for the damages you suffered. Fielding Law has extensive experience and comprehensive knowledge of the personal injury laws in Texas. So when you hire us, you can be assured of quality legal representation for your dangerous road condition accident case.

Types of Dangerous Roadway Hazards and Conditions in Texas

Generally, roads have an expected lifespan of about 20 years and, like most things, deteriorate and decay with use and time. Roads that are neglected, damaged, or in poor condition are extremely risky to drivers, passengers, and pedestrians. At times, these hazardous conditions can cause serious car crashes, leaving victims with severe or even fatal injuries.

Common unsafe conditions on roadways that can contribute to auto accidents include:

  • Potholes
  • Faded paint
  • Uneven surfaces
  • Damaged or missing guardrails
  • Faulty infrastructure design
  • Fallen construction equipment
  • Inadequate signage
  • Poor roadside lighting
  • Debris on the road
  • Improper road drainage

Depending on the location of the unsafe condition, the city, county, or state may be liable for the resulting accident. This is because some government entities hold responsibility for the construction and maintenance of the roads, signage, and sidewalks. 

When do problems go unfixed? Due to the vast amount of roadway in Texas, some defects may remain undetected or government agencies might not be able to keep up with the maintenance needs of the roadways.

Who is Liable in a Dangerous Road Conditions Accident?

Many car accidents in Texas are usually the result of the negligence of another driver, but unsafe road conditions may also be a contributing factor or even the cause. When government agencies are responsible for the maintenance of roads and infrastructure, the fault may not lie with a single department alone but may be shared with other entities.

To identify who is liable for the hazardous conditions that caused your accident, it is necessary to establish what led to the conditions or hazards. This might include investigating the following:

  • Flawed infrastructure: For example, poor placement of traffic signals or signage
  • Substandard maintenance or construction: For example, failing to properly repair road defects or replace damaged or missing signage
  • Administrative negligence: For example, ignoring or failing to resolve reports of unsafe conditions of the road

Establishing liability can be challenging to prove – but not impossible. It is crucial to consult an experienced attorney to determine who is liable for your auto accident. 

Fielding Law attorneys can investigate to identify the person or entity responsible for the design, construction, and maintenance of the road. From there, we can gather necessary evidence to build a strong case for you.

Establishing Liability for a Dangerous Road Conditions Accident in Texas

We understand that it might feel intimidating to pursue compensation from government agencies or construction firms for your accident. But that’s why we’re here – to make success possible and stress-free. 

Although it is not always easy to prove liability for hazardous conditions on Texas roadways, our team here at Fielding Law will listen to your story and give you an honest evaluation of your case. First of all, we will examine the four elements that must be established in order to file a negligence claim.

The four elements of a valid negligence claim are:

  1. Duty of care owed: The public entity was responsible for designing, constructing, or maintaining the roadway
  2. Breach of duty: The public entity was aware that the road involved was in a dangerous condition at the time of the accident, but failed to take the proper and necessary measures to repair the damaged road
  3. Causation: The dangerous road condition caused the accident that lead to your injuries
  4. Damages: The injuries you sustained from the accident resulted in damages

If you believe your accident happened because of dangerous conditions on a Texas roadway, the auto accident attorneys of Fielding Law can review your case details and explain your legal rights. When we take on your case, we work hard to hold the liable parties accountable and strive to recover the maximum compensation you deserve.

Statute of Limitations for Claims Against Government Agencies in Texas

When filing a legal claim in the State of Texas, there are strict time limits to go by. If you are making a claim against a government entity, timing is even more crucial than in other circumstances as there are specific laws and processes you must follow.

In most cases, a government agency must receive notice of a claim within 6 months after the date of the incident. This notice must include the following:

  1. The date of the accident
  2. Location where the accident occurred
  3. Description of the injuries or damages the accident caused
  4. Details of how the accident happened

Certain cities may have shorter time limits, so it is crucial to consult with an experienced lawyer familiar with Texas laws as soon as possible. Failure to submit your claim by the deadline can result in your case being rejected, forfeiting your right to compensation.

A qualified lawyer with Fielding Law can help you submit all the necessary documents within the required time constraints. Talk to one of our experienced attorneys to find out what we can do for you.

Recoverable Compensation for Dangerous Road Condition Accidents

Car crash injuries may take a long period of time to heal, requiring you to take time off work to recuperate. Some victims may be left with long-term rehabilitation or permanent disabilities. Costly hospital bills and lost wages can leave you struggling to make ends meet as you try to recover from your injuries.

If you or a loved one has suffered injuries due to hazardous conditions on a Texas road, our attorneys can help you seek compensation from the responsible parties. You could receive economic and/or non-economic damages, depending on the circumstances.

You might be able to recover:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Funeral expenses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of companionship

When Fielding Law takes on a case, we strive to get the maximum amount of compensation available for the client. Contact one of our attorneys for a free consultation to find out what compensation might be available to you.

How a Dangerous Road Conditions Accident Lawyer Can Help

Our firm values each one of our clients and we strive to give them quality representation to reach a successful outcome for their personal injury cases. When we take on your case, we will give you direct, one-on-one access to a licensed attorney at our law firm. 

We advocate for our clients’ rights and give attention to the case details to build a strong foundation for each claim. That’s why our lawyers will take the time to listen to your story and address the specific needs of your case.

Our duties include, but are not restricted to, the following:

  • Gathering supporting evidence such as photos, videos, police reports
  • Collecting witness statements
  • Managing communication and negotiations with insurance companies
  • Building a strong case based on the gathered evidence
  • Filing legal documentation with the courts within the proper time limits
  • Keeping our clients up to date with case progress

If you are curious about your rights and would like to know your legal options for your case, talk to us to find out what we can do for you. We work effectively and aggressively on your behalf so you can rest assured that your case is in good hands.

Contact us at (877) 880-4090 for a free case evaluation today. Fielding Law’s representatives are always standing by, 24/7.

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