Street and Highway Defects
If a member of your household has passed away after an accident caused by a highway or street defect, you and your family may be entitled to financial compensation. While no amount of money can replace the void left by your loved one, filing a timely wrongful death lawsuit can help secure your family’s financial future. The fatal accident lawyers at Staver Law Group have won millions of dollars on behalf of our clients, and we are ready to get you the compensation you deserve.
You can call one of our lawyers today for a free consultation regarding your case. We’ll ask you about the details of your relative’s accident and how this relative contributed to your household’s income. If you were the spouse of the deceased, you may be entitled to supplementary compensation for your loss of affection and emotional support. If you decide to hire us, we guarantee that we will remain available 24/7 to answer your questions. No matter when you call, we’ll put you in touch with the lawyer who’s been working on your case.
Accidents Involving Street and Highway Defects
In Illinois, both government agencies and companies have a legal duty to design, build, and maintain safe streets and roads. When their failure to meet this duty causes an accident, the injured victims can sue for negligence. The relatives of any deceased victims can point to that same negligence when filing a wrongful death suit.
To successfully mount a wrongful death suit premised on negligent highway design, building, or maintenance, your lawyer will first need to demonstrate that a feature of the road was the primary, or at least a significant cause of the accident. Secondly, your lawyer will need to gather evidence that the road feature created unreasonably dangerous conditions. Last but not least, your case will need to tie one or more government bodies or contractors to the specific road feature that caused the accident.
In Illinois, there is no duty to keep the roadside free of obstructions, so in general a claim based on a highway defect must involve a feature or obstacle on the road itself. One exception might be vegetation or other roadside features that obstruct views of traffic for turning vehicles. Where the roadside is dangerous, such as on a hill or near a river, the government has a duty to build guardrails. They must also keep road medians and shoulders safe, but the government only owes this duty to drivers who use these areas for emergency purposes.
How a Fatal Car Accident Lawyer Will Help You
When it comes to road construction, the government agencies and contractors in charge have a duty to keep the road in a passable condition. They must also provide adequate warning to drivers about construction sites and other dangers such as intersections, animal crossings, and rockslide areas. In fact, the government agency with jurisdiction over the road has a duty to warn drivers about any danger of which it has or should have had knowledge.
If you think that a failure to maintain safe roadways was a significant factor in your loved one’s passing, the Staver Law Group is here to help. If you’re unsure about being able to afford a lawyer, we have a pricing system that enables accident victims to seek justice with almost no financial commitment. Call us today at . This is because we don’t collect lawyer’s fees from our clients until we win or settle their case.