Car accidents in Seattle can be caused in numerous ways: negligent drivers, poor weather, and even defective auto parts. Yet when the road condition causes your accident, it can be difficult to know who is to blame. The government is responsible for maintaining the roads, but sometimes there are third parties responsible as well. An experienced auto accident attorney can determine who is ultimately to blame for your accident and the injuries you sustained.
Types of Poor Seattle Road Conditions:
- Objects on the road
- Ice and snow not properly cleared
- Confusing signs or lack of signs
- Steep shoulders
- Unsafe bridges
- Unsafe or inadequate guardrails
- Unsafe work zones
- Pooling water
- Wheel ruts
- And more
Hitting a pothole or an improperly marked construction zone does not mean you automatically have a claim. If the government was aware of the poor road condition and failed to make the necessary repairs in a reasonable amount of time, then they may be liable for any accidents their negligence has caused. The key to a successful car accident lawsuit against the government is proving that they knew about the existing condition in enough time to adequately repair the damage.
Once your attorney can establish that the condition (such as a pothole or dangerous shoulder) of the road was known by the government, your lawyer can file a verified claim form against the proper government entity. Time is of the essence. Once the claim form is submitted, you are not allowed to bring a lawsuit against the Washington government for at least 60 days. Your car accident attorney can ensure that you do not miss any critical deadlines for filing your claim.
When the Seattle government is responsible for your car accident and your injuries, you need an experienced car accident lawyer on your side. There are specific procedures that must be followed when trying to sue the government and failure to follow those procedures could result in your lawsuit being barred.
Contact Seattle Car Accident Lawsuit Attorneys
If you or someone you love was injured due to a poor road condition in Seattle, an experienced car crash attorney at Phillips Law Firm can help. If you are interested in learning more about your legal options, call us at 1-800-708-6000. Our personal injury lawsuit attorneys are waiting to assist you 24/7, offering a free case evaluation. Remember our no fee promise. If we do not recover anything for you, you do not owe us an attorney fee.
The personal injury lawyers at Phillips Law Firm have successfully represented injured individuals and their families in Seattle, Tacoma, Vancouver, Bellevue, Everett, Kent, Auburn, Renton, Federal Way, Bellingham, Marysville, Lakewood, Redmond, Shoreline, and throughout the State of Washington.