Who Could Be Liable When Poor Road Conditions Cause a Car Accident

Posted on behalf of RizkLaw on Aug 20, 2023 in Auto Accident

Most individuals associate car accidents with a crash involving other vehicles. However, some situations are not the fault of other drivers but of poor road conditions. Faulty road designs, erosion, potholes, and missing guardrails are all examples of poor road conditions that may result in severe accidents. 

When filing a car accident claim due to poor road conditions, the responsible parties are often agencies or companies responsible for maintaining or planning roadways. However, proving these entities are at-fault for your accident requires a thorough understanding of the law and investigative strategies. Our Rizk Law lawyers have years of experience with these types of accident claims and will offer our professional guidance and advice.

Understanding Fault in Poor Road Condition Accidents

Before your lawyer can determine who is responsible for your accident, they must identify the cause of the crash. For example, if the incident resulted from poor road design—like blind spots when turning—the designer or landscape architect may be responsible. If the accident was due to construction debris, your lawyer may need to identify which organization was responsible for the road’s construction and cleanup. 

When filing a poor road condition accident claim, consider a few examples of what would be labeled as poor road conditions:

  • Faded paint markings
  • Road shoulder drop-off
  • Road debris
  • Damaged, missing, or hidden road signs
  • Potholes and cracks in the road surface
  • Lack of rumble strips on highways
  • Missing or inadequate guardrails
  • Poor traffic management around construction zones
  • Untreated roads in winter weather

Once your lawyer has determined the cause of your accident, they will identify who is at fault. Some examples of potentially negligent individuals include the following: 

  • State or local government entities
  • Construction companies
  • Roadside maintenance companies
  • Landscape designers
  • Individuals
  • Business owners

In Oregon, poor road conditions are a common cause of both single- and multi-vehicle accidents. Regardless of the reason, speaking with Rizk Law for legal guidance and advice is vital for the success of your car accident claim. Discuss your case with one of our team members today to learn more about your specific situation.

Do I Need a Car Accident Lawyer?

Accidents involving poor road conditions are often complex and require a thorough investigation into every layer of the crash. Without a professional legal representative, your rights and compensation are at risk. Attorney Richard Rizk has built solid relationships with his peers and previous clients through volunteering and offering highly qualified, compassionate legal representation.

When you partner with Rizk Law, you gain a solid support system and the following services:

  • Honest and reliable answers regarding case-related questions
  • Fierce negotiations with the other parties for fair compensation
  • 100% confidential legal representation and support
  • Responsive and accessible communication
  • Connections with expert witnesses
  • Organize medical bills and records for your claim
  • Prove the other parties’ fault
  • Quick delivery of essential documents
  • Up-to-date understanding of Oregon laws

Oregon residents have two years from the incident to file a car accident claim. However, this time frame depends on several factors and may differ depending on your accident’s specifics. To ensure you file your claim in the correct timeframe and with the proper entity, speak with Rizk Law as soon as possible.

Discover Client-Centered Legal Representation From the Rizk Law Lawyers 

Founded on the principle of making a difference in the lives of Oregon residents, Rizk Law emphasizes the importance of individuality and community engagement. Our team is a family devoted to providing support and honest representation for those suffering from the actions of others. 

Our proven track record of success and hundreds of positive testimonials provide future clients with the information they need to feel confident in our approach. Don’t hesitate to contact our team and schedule a free consultation today by calling (503) 245-5677 or completing our contact form.