January 23, 2012
Defective Roadways / Road Defects
There are many car accidents that occur where the hazardous road conditions contribute to the accident. For example, roadways such as Route 287, Route 24, Route 22, Route 80, Route 10, Route 46, Route 23, Route 15, Garden State Parkway, New Jersey Turnpike, may have road conditions that may contribute to an accident or cause an accident.
For example, there may be improper maintenance, including:
- Inadequate signage
- Missing necessary signage and/or barriers
- Improper or inadequate drainage which can cause water to pond or stand on the road causing hydroplaning or icy conditions in the winter months.
These conditions can be hazardous and dangerous and can cause serious and/or fatal accidents.
When hazardous road conditions contribute to an accident the legal quest becomes who is at fault. The issues of responsibility in such accidents require a complex analysis including the use of various experts, including accident reconstructionists and traffic engineers to evaluate the cause of the accident.
In New Jersey, if a governmental entity is responsible there are strict limitations on when legal actions must be taken against a governmental agency, such as the Department of Transportation. Such law suits proceed under different rules than laws suits against private individuals and require the skill of a New Jersey accident attorney experienced in this type of case. For example, most cases you must file a 90 day notice of your intention to file a claim or your claim will be barred
Consult with a New Jersey defective roadway accident attorney.
The Todd J. Leonard Law Firm has tremendous experience in handling all different types of road defect cases including inadequate and poor drainage, drop-offs, rutting of the roadway, improper signage, no safety barriers and/or dividers, improper cross-slope, as well as many other road defects.
Contact the Todd J. Leonard Law Firm online or call (973) 920-7900 and schedule a free consultation to learn how we can help evaluate and investigate your case and recover compensation for your losses.