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Who is responsible if a defect in the road caused my crash?

While many car accidents are caused by distracted, careless, or otherwise negligent drivers, some accidents are caused by problems with the road itself.

If a government entity fails to identify, address, or adequately warn drivers of hazards on the road, they could be held liable for injury accidents that occur. 

Some of the most common roadway defects that result in crashes include: 

  • Potholes
  • Overgrown bushes that obstruct views of traffic
  • Uneven roads
  • Missing signs
  • Lack of warning signs
  • Curves without warning
  • Construction debris
  • Lack of shoulders
  • Incorrect signs
  • Lack of guardrails
  • Improper drainage causing water to pool on the roadway

State employees and officers “are not liable for an injury that is caused within the scope of their employment or by the discharge of their duties as long as they are not wanton, reckless, or malicious. Anyone wishing to pursue a claim for such damage or injury must present a claim against the state to the claims commissioner” according to Connecticut state law.

Additionally, you must file a claim within the statute of limitations, which is one year in Connecticut. If you file your claim after this period has passed, you would be barred from seeking compensation. 

That’s why it is crucial to contact an experienced roadway defect lawyer at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers if you’ve been hurt in an accident that was not your fault. Our team of knowledgeable injury attorneys have experience handling claims against government entities and can advise you of all your legal options. Call us at 203-397-1283 or reach out to us online to schedule a consultation today.

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