Local drivers are urged to use caution when traveling on a mile-long stretch of Tallevast Road this winter. Crews will be repairing a storm water line from Tuttle Avenue to Prospect Road, and Manatee County Public Works hopes to have the project finished by January 2015.
Because drivers who consistently travel the same routes quickly become aware of hazardous road conditions as they develop, they are often the first to notice new potholes, cracked pavement, ice and snow, road kill and other debris that may pose risk to vehicles. Often, they may be aware of road conditions before the government entity in charge of maintaining the roads, and concerned drivers are encouraged to report hazardous conditions to the appropriate agency.
But what happens when the way you become aware of bad road conditions is by suffering damage to your vehicle, or even an injury? Depending on the particulars of the case, the government may be liable for your property damage or injury, and you may be entitled to damages.
A government agency, such as a public works department, is responsible for keeping roads clear and safe for motorists. In a case in which someone brings suit against the agency, the key is to prove that the agency was aware of the road hazard and failed to take action to remove the hazard in a reasonable amount of time. The agency typically finds out about road hazards in two ways: by receiving reports from drivers and by conducting regular surveys of the road. Failure to respond to complaints in a reasonably timely fashion, as well as failure to discover problems on their own, can both lead to government liability in the event of vehicle damage, an accident or a serious injury.
If you have been injured or suffered damage to your vehicle as a result of a public works department’s negligence, speak with a knowledgeable Bradenton auto accident attorney with Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh.