As you are evaluating the scene after your car accident, you may notice a hazardous condition on the road. With this, you may be wondering whether this contributed to your accident in any way, along with who is to blame for its presence. Continue reading to learn who is the potentially liable party for a road hazard and how an experienced Pasco County, Florida car accident lawyer at Wendy Doyle-Palumbo, Esq. can help you in pursuing legal action.
Who is the potentially liable party for a road hazard car accident?
You may be almost certain that your car accident was due to no fault of your own. But it may be difficult to assign fault when there is a road hazard involved. Without further ado, below are examples of potentially liable parties for a road hazard car accident:
- Another driver on the road: for example, another driver may have been negligently speeding when it was foggy, heavily raining, or heavily snowing. Or, they may have been driving without their headlights on during such dangerous inclement weather conditions.
- A government entity: for example, a government entity, or one of its workers, may have negligently ignored dangerous potholes or cracks in the road for far too long, Or, they may have failed to order that branches be removed from the roads after a heavy rainstorm or snowed to be plowed from the roads after a heavy snowstorm.
- A construction company: for example, a construction company, or one of its workers, may have failed to post caution signs regarding an upcoming construction zone. Or, they may have failed to keep equipment or falling objects within the barricades of the construction zone.
Of note, there is still the possibility that there is no party to blame for your accident. This may be the case if the road hazard in question is an animal running out into the road or any other natural condition.
What deadlines should I keep in mind for your personal injury claim?
There is an extra step you must take if you are placing your claim against a government entity. That is, you must first submit a Notice of Claim that informs the agency that you are intending to seek financial compensation for your injuries and damages. You may only have a few months to bring your Notice of Claim forward. Or else, you may be barred from further pursuing your personal injury claim.
As far as your personal injury claim goes, you may only have two years from the date of your accident to file. There should be no question that you must act fast when bringing forward your personal injury claim. So you should not wait too long before contacting a skilled Pasco County, Florida auto accident lawyer from Wendy Doyle-Palumbo, Esq.