Ill-Maintained and Poorly Designed Roads in and Around Boston Create Dangerous Conditions
Hundreds of thousands of cars and trucks travel Massachusetts’ old roads daily, with sometimes tragic results
How bad are road conditions in the United States?
The American Society of Civil Engineers in its 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure gives roads across the nation a D, stating “While the conditions have improved in the near term, and federal, state, and local capital investments increased to $91 billion annually, that level of investment is insufficient and still projected to result in a decline in conditions and performance in the long term. Currently, the Federal Highway Administration estimates that $170 billion in capital investment would be needed on an annual basis to significantly improve conditions and performance.”
We should not be made to pay the price of dangerous conditions that leave us injured. At Boston-based Swartz & Lynch LLP, our attorneys understand what is at stake for our clients whose injuries are caused by dangerous roadways. We also know that suing the government is quite different from suing a private party.
Taking on City Hall in a dangerous road lawsuit
If you are hurt in a auto accident, trucking accident, or even a bike or pedestrian accident caused by a dangerous roadway, you have the right to file a claim to recover damages. However, when you do so, you need to know that you may be taking on the city, state or even the federal government.
Government entities are protected from civil claims under the policy of sovereign tort immunity. That makes it difficult though not impossible to collect compensation for injuries that occurred as the result of poor road conditions. In most cases, the government provides a limited waiver of sovereign immunity for accidents caused by dangerous conditions on roads. Our lawyers have helped clients pursue claims for a wide range of damages resulting from these dangerous conditions:
- Roadside hazards
- Pavement edge drops
- Unmarked construction zones
- Railroad grade crossings
- Sight obstructions
- Improper signage
- Poor road design
- Median dividers or guardrails
We have a track record of success obtaining maximum compensation for victims of poor or dangerous road conditions, including a $5.2 million dollar award for a client in a defective barrier device case.
Do not delay seeking experienced legal help for a dangerous road condition claim
You may have as little as a month to state your intent to file a personal injury claim against a government entity for an injury caused by a dangerous road condition. Call 857-250-0664 or contact an injury lawyer online to schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced Boston attorney from Swartz & Lynch LLP.