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Car Accidents & Road Debris: Who Is Held Liable? April 25, 2017

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Car Accidents & Road Debris: Who Is Held Liable?, Roanoke, Virginia

Drivers in Roanoke, VA, encounter debris on streets and highways on a daily basis. Unfortunately, this material can cause a lot of damage, but unlike other car accidents, liability in such cases is far from explicit. If you are unsure who is responsible for an accident involving road debris, the personal injury attorneys at The Law Offices of Daniel L. Crandall & Associates will investigate the situation.

Understanding the Effects of Road Debris

Debris on roadways can have a number of disastrous consequences. If you swerve in an attempt to avoid the debris, you may collide with adjacent cars or experience a head-on crash. Slamming on your brakes might prevent you from hitting the debris, but the driver behind you will likely crash into your car. If you cannot avoid contact with the object, it could cause serious damage to your vehicle, obstruct your vision, and lead to a serious car accident.

An accident caused by road debris could lead to extensive property damage, serious injuries, and death. Unlike other types of car accidents, it’s not easy to determine the responsible party. If you have been involved in this kind of crash, speak with an experienced lawyer who can study your claim and assign liability for your damages.

Determining Liability

car accidentThe type of debris that caused the car accident may determine which party is liable for the resulting damages. If the debris was part of a guardrail, street sign, or some other detail along the roadway, the local or state government could be liable. Unfortunately, most government entities are immune from personal injury claims, and those that are not have stricter filing deadlines than standard statutes of limitations. The attorneys at The Law Offices of Daniel L. Crandall & Associates can help you decide whether to pursue a claim against a government entity.

If you can prove the debris fell from another car or truck, you might be able to hold the driver of that vehicle responsible. However, even with a skilled personal injury attorney, this is difficult. The lawyers at The Law Offices of Daniel L. Crandall & Associates will dedicate their efforts to an investigation, searching security and traffic cameras to track down the responsible party.

Although complicated, these car accident claims are not impossible—you just need an experienced attorney on your side. With more than 100 years of combined legal experience, The Law Offices of Daniel L. Crandall & Associates is equipped to handle your case in a timely manner. They offer free initial consultations, so contact them online or at (540) 342-2000 today.

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