KGNS.tv, NBC’s Laredo affiliate, recently reported that a 23 year old man was killed in an accident. The tragic single car wreck occurred when the man lost control of his vehicle, it slid off the side of the road, and then it rolled over several times. According to residents of the area, this is not the first serious car accident that has occurred at that location. The news report included a comment from Patricio Lozano, who works near the area of the crash. Mr. Lozano noted that he had heard of several other deadly accidents that had taken place near the same area over recent years.
Is the Government Liable for a Danger Road?
Many car accident victims believe that they have no legal options because their injury was sustained in a single car wreck. However, that is certainly not the case. Oftentimes, there were other factors, beyond the control of the driver, that were the root cause of the accident. From the reporting in the story, it appears that this particular area of north Laredo might have unreasonably dangerous road conditions. The local and state government entities responsible for the roads have a legal obligation to fix dangerous roads. In some cases, it is possible to hold the government liable for unreasonably hazardous roads. Typically, it requires proving that responsible government entity was grossly negligent. This means that their negligence rose beyond an ordinary level of carelessness, and was either willful or was neglectful to an extreme degree. While this is a very high standard to clear, if many different serious accidents consistently occur in the same location, it begins to raise major questions about road safety. Ultimately, when considering municipal liability for a car accident, the key questions will be:
- Did authorities know, or should have known, about the serious safety risk?
- Could authorities have eliminated the risk by taking reasonable precautions?
Who Else Might be Liable for a Single Car Accidents
Other parties beyond the highway authorities could potentially bear liability for a single car accident. This includes:
- Manufacturers: Automakers, and parts manufacturers, can be held responsible under a legal concept known as product liability. All manufacturers have a legal obligation to ensure that their products meet relevant safety standards. This is an issue in many rollover cases. Rollover accidents are especially dangerous, and regulations have been established to ensure that automobiles will only rollover in very limited circumstances. An accident that may have been minor can turn into a very serious one in the event that a vehicle fails to meet safety standards.
- Other drivers: It is also possible that another driver caused your single car accident. For example, if another driver ran a red light, and you were forced to take evasive action, then any resulting injury was caused by that driver’s negligence. If not for those negligent actions, you would never have been injured. It can sometimes be difficult to track down the other parties in these scenarios, so you should always speak to an experienced San Antonio car crash lawyer
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