Government Liability in Pedestrian Accidents

Government Liability in Pedestrian Accidents

Mistakes are a part of human nature. They can happen anywhere and to anyone. Even a complex system such as government can be imperfect and held responsible for accidents happening throughout the state.

Every now and then, a pedestrian is caught in an accident that does not involve another person, but an object or improperly cleaned or maintained sidewalk. When an accident happens on the state-owned property or due to improperly maintained roads or highways, the government may be held liable. Here is how it works and when you can file a claim against your government.

Type of Accidents

Everyone wonders what type of accidents the government can be liable for. We did the research for you and found out that the government can be held responsible for the accidents caused by:

  • Obstructions that are out of the line of sight
  • Hazardous highway
  • Hazardous road conditions
  • Erosion and portholes
  • Malfunctioning traffic lights
  • Poorly maintained traffic conditions
  • Lack of street signs
  • Poorly maintained roads during extreme weather (snow, ice)

The most common cases involve a slip and fall accident. In the past 3 years, the number of injured pedestrian increased by40 percent, and almost 60 percent of all those accidents involved slip and fall as a result of poorly maintained properties, sidewalks, and roads in general. It may sound crazy, but even though it may be the city’s obligation to clean and maintain these properties, the government is the one financing the city and organizing these things. Therefore, your claim or lawsuit can go directly against the (local) government.

If you believe that your accident was caused by the similar or the same reasons as listed above, contact our pedestrian accident attorney in Los Angeles at JML Law and schedule your initial consultation, completely free of charge.

Government Employees or Representatives

While driving official government vehicles, government employees can be held responsible for any accident they cause. Whether it is a collision or hitting a pedestrian or even property damage, these government employees can be held responsible and treated in the eyes of law the same like everyone else.

If you were rear-ended by a police car or a garbage truck, you may have a claim in hand. You wouldn’t be the first nor the last person to sue the city, local municipality or the local government. Los Angeles pedestrian accident attorney have helped many individuals like you and have sued the city or the local government many times in the past. They will gladly take your case and help you gain the settlement you deserve.

Be sure to notify the government agency you are about to sue by presenting them with a notice of claim before filing a lawsuit. This notice of claim must be filled within 60 to 90 days, depending on which government agency you are about to file a lawsuit against.Speak with our lawyer and learn more about the laws and regulations in your state and city. Don’t hesitate to give us a call if you don’t have your own legal representative.