Each year, over 30,000 Americans will lose their lives in car accidents across the nation, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Highway Data Loss Institute. Hundreds of thousands of more will be injured, some seriously. There are numerous causes of car accidents, ranging from driver negligence to vehicle malfunctions. Each year, a number of accidents will occur due to poor roadway design or maintenance. Poorly designed roads and roads that are not maintained in proper order have the potential to cause serious and even fatal accidents. Accident victims may be able to recover for their losses stemming from these accidents, which could include coverage for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
Committed to Representing those Injured by Defective Roads
At Stein & Shulman, LLC, we understand that road design and maintenance are crucial to the safety of drivers and passengers across the state. When roads are not kept up or are improperly designed, anyone injured due to these defects should have the right to recover from the party responsible. Defective road claims are often complex and may involve issues of city or state immunity, along with hotly contested issues of liability. You will need experienced counsel to assist with a defective road claim. Our Chicago car accident attorneys have over 45 years of combined legal experience handling poor roadway design and maintenance cases, along with a variety of other car accident cases. We will zealously fight to see that our clients injured due to the negligence of others obtain the compensation they deserve.
Examples of Poor Roadway Design or Maintenance
Accidents caused by poor roadway design or maintenance are not always easy to identify. If you have been injured in a crash, it is important to consider these issues as a potential cause of your accident. Some examples of poor roadway design or maintenance include:
- Poor drainage systems
- Faded traffic lines or missing lines
- Burned out street lights
- Dangerous curves without adequate warning
- Lack of signage at intersections
- Inadequate guardrails
- Missing street lights
- Loose asphalt
- Improper surfacing
- Failure to warn of dangerous road conditions
These are just a few instance of ways in which defectively designed or poorly maintained roads can cause an accident. If you have been injured in an accident and suspect that road conditions may have contributed to or caused the crash, contact a licensed car accident attorney as soon as possible so that investigations may get underway into your accident
Sovereign Immunity in Illinois
In Illinois, as in most states, there exists a legal doctrine of sovereign immunity. This statute states that the government and its subdivisions may not be sued for tort actions unless it first consents to the lawsuit. There are several recognized exceptions to sovereign immunity, however, in which your defective road claim could fall under. Complicating the matter even further, many roads are owned by cities or municipalities, and some are even privately owned. For these reasons, it is critical that defective roadway accident victims consult with a knowledgeable attorney who can thoroughly investigate all immunity issues and assist you in bringing your claim.
Put Our Over 45 Years of Combined Legal Experience to Work on Your Case!
Poorly maintained or designed roadways have the potential to cause serious accidents. If you have been injured by a dangerous road, contact the Chicago Car Accident Lawyers at Stein & Shulman, LLC. Our firm has handled all manner of injury and accident cases, achieving over 40 million in settlements and verdicts for our valued clients. Our compassionate firm believes that every client should be treated like our only client. We vigorously strive to see that each of our injured clients recover the full amount to which they are entitled. Contact us today for a free consultation with one of our experienced car accident lawyers at (312) 422-0500 or by filling out a free contact form online.