Once you or your lawyer has determined the entity that will be held liable for the accident, the entity should be notified of your claim immediately. The government agency you're filing against may have its own form for you to complete or simply require a list of information. This process can vary and depends on the rules set in the state, county, or city where the accident occurred. You can start by doing your research, searching phrases like "claims against [name of state/city/county]" to gain more information.
Even if you decide against filing a claim, reporting dangerous road conditions is crucial to ensuring other motorists' safety. Your report could not only potentially help others avoid damages to their vehicle or severe injury it could also get the road repaired.
If you want to consult with one of our personal injury attorneys, they can help you navigate the tricky waters of dangerous road condition lawsuits. To prepare for your consultation, collect all information relevant to your case.
Some examples of relevant information or evidence include:
- The location and name of the road and where the accident occurred
- Contact information for witnesses to the incident
- The direction in which you were driving
- A description of the physical characteristics of the hazard (depth, length, width, etc.)
- Any and all records, including medical bills, police reports, tickets, and vehicle repair costs
In every state, a statute of limitations exists, limiting the amount of time in which you can file a claim. Allowing the statute of limitations to pass could result in you losing your opportunity to move forward with your case and gain financial compensation. Most states, cities, and counties have a short statute of limitation periods that are often considerably shorter than claims made against non-governmental agencies.