St. Louis Defective Roadway Accident Claim Attorney
Help when you’re injured a crash caused by roadway defects and hazards
When a road is improperly designed or maintained, it can cause serious car accidents and serious injuries. No matter what type of roadway, motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists have the right to expect a safe path on which to travel – free of debris, potholes, and dangerous road surfaces. Roads in disrepair can result in drivers losing control of their vehicles or worse.
At The Hayden Law Firm, we have over 15 years of experience protecting injury victims in St. Louis. Our vast network of professional resources allows us to investigate every aspect of your accident, determining the proper amount of compensation to which you are entitled and holding the at-fault party responsible. To find out how we can seek financial compensation on your behalf, contact us today for a free, no-risk consultation. We serve the greater St. Louis area and Illinois.
What makes a road dangerous or defective?
Some roads are under continuous improvement, ensuring that drivers don’t encounter hazards on their daily drives. On the other hand, some are in constant disrepair, putting motorists in danger every day. Although driver negligence plays a major part in many car crashes, a great number are also caused by dangerous road conditions like:
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- Blind curves
- Bridge defects or collapses
- Collisions with fixed objects like fallen utility poles
- Confusing work zone signage
- Constant construction zones
- Dangerous potholes
- Improper or lack of lighting
- Malfunctioning traffic lights
- Missing guardrails and barriers
- No shoulder for emergency pullover
- Obstructed or missing road signs
- Poorly painted or faded lines
- Road width too narrow
- Overly complex road design
- Sudden shoulder drop-off
- Unexpected change in road surface
- Wheel ruts in road surface
Another result of a dangerous road is lack of access to emergency vehicles. If emergency medical personnel are unable to access an accident scene in a timely manner due to the road design, lives can be lost.
What are the most dangerous roads around St. Louis?
A defective roadway doesn’t just mean that it might be badly maintained or hazardous. It can also mean that the road itself was designed and engineered improperly and is inherently unsafe.
For example, a 2020 survey saw St. Louis come in 99 out of 100 when it came to driving safety, citing the number of barricades in city streets used to slow down or redirect traffic. St. Louis also came in at number 33 in traffic and infrastructure, due to factors including “traffic congestion, average commute times, weather and quality of roads and bridges.”
St. Louis Public Radio named Highway 63, which stretches the length of Missouri, the state’s most dangerous highway. Other consistently dangerous roads throughout the St. Louis area include Page Avenue in Wellston, Natural Bridge Avenue in St. Louis, and Highway 30 in Jefferson County.
Who is liable when poor road conditions cause an accident?
In a typical car or truck crash, it may be relatively simple to identify the at-fault driver. Perhaps they rear-ended you or ran a stop sign and collided with your vehicle. Often there are witnesses or video that can confirm the responsible party.
However, with road defects and conditions, identifying the liable party can be more complex. The city, county, state, or municipality may all be responsible for maintaining a particular stretch of road, and they all may be held liable when that road falls into disrepair or is inherently unsafe.
However, local governments are allowed what’s called a “reasonable” amount of time to discover road defects, and a reasonable amount of time to repair them. Our St. Louis legal team will work to prove the following regarding the liable party:
- That the relevant governing authority was aware of the hazardous road condition that caused your accident and losses, or should have reasonably known about it, and
- That the authority did not make a reasonable attempt to repair the condition and therefore prevent your accident and losses
Once we are able to identify the liable party, we will make a claim on your behalf.
How do I prove my St. Louis defective roadway accident claim?
One of the key elements of proving negligence in a defective roadway claim is evidence. The Hayden Law Firm will call on their wide network of professional resources for expert witness testimony and collecting the strongest evidence possible.
This evidence can include things like:
- Photos and/or videos of the accident scene
- Photos of the damage to your vehicle and/or property
- Any previous reports or accidents related to the roadway hazard
- The police report documenting your accident
- Witness testimony
If you’re involved in one of these types of crashes or collisions, you may be able to take some steps at the scene to preserve this evidence.
What should I do after a defective or dangerous roadway accident?
After a motor vehicle accident, you can take certain actions to protect yourself and your injury claim, if you are physically able.
- Turn on your hazards or set up flares, especially if the accident happened after dark.
- Call 911 or the police to get authorities on the scene immediately. You will need an official police report for any insurance or legal claims.
- Exchange information with any other drivers involved in the accident or with any witnesses. Do not discuss possible fault.
- Report the accident to your insurance company.
- Seek medical attention as soon as possible, even if you do not feel you are seriously injured. Some injuries may take a while to symptomize, but prompt treatment can help mitigate them.
- Document everything, including your medical bills, insurance and police documents, photographs of your injuries, and anything else relating to your crash and losses.
- Contact an experienced attorney at The Hayden Law Firm for knowledgeable guidance about what to do next.
We can help determine the proper amount of financial compensation to which you may be entitled.
How much compensation might I get for a St. Louis defective road claim?
- Every accident and everyone’s injuries are different. Only an aggressive and experienced personal injury attorney understands how to determine fair and proper compensation for your injuries, never settling for anything less. We will work to secure the following types of financial compensation on your behalf:
- Lost wages, current and future
- Reduced earning capacity
- Medical expenses, current and future
- Mental or emotional distress
- Property damage
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering
- Rehabilitation and therapy expenses
We will research your right to bring a claim and ensure it is brought against the right entity, giving you the best chance for a successful outcome. Here in Missouri, personal injury claims have a five-year statute of limitations.
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Contact a dedicated lawyer in St. Louis
Accidents and injuries caused by defective and dangerous roads can be complex claims. The seasoned attorneys at The Hayden Law Firm understand how to handle these types of claims against negligent municipalities or entities, holding the right parties responsible for your losses. Call our offices today at 314-480-3100 or fill out our contact form for a free, no-risk consultation. We are based in St. Louis, Missouri, but our firm proudly serves clients throughout Missouri and Illinois.
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