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Queens Pothole Accidents

Practically every driver would agree that potholes are not only annoying, but they can cause damage to a vehicle. However, potholes can also be hazardous to people as they can lead to accidents. Potholes are areas in the road that have cracked and worn away. They are caused by friction of tires on the road, coupled with water from rain and freezing temperatures. Potholes begin as tiny cracks. If they are not repaired they can grow to be quite wide and deep. On public roadways it is incumbent upon the government to make sure roadways are kept in good condition and that they do not have hazards. When a car runs over a pothole the result may not only be damage to the vehicle, but the pothole may also cause the car to be involved in a car accident and serious injuries to the occupants. If you were injured in a pothole accident, contact an experienced Queens pothole accidents lawyer at Stephen Bilkis & Associates. We will help ensure that the party responsible for your injuries are held accountable for your losses.

Pothole Car Accidents

Potholes are dangerous because when a vehicle travels over a pothole the sudden impact may cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle and collide with other vehicles or objects. Such accidents are particularly dangerous in when pothole causes a car to veer into oncoming traffic, resulting in a head-on collision. In addition, there are some cases where a pothole accident is caused when a driver swerves to avoid a pothole and ends up colliding with another vehicle.

Liability for Pothole Accidents

If you were injured in an accident involving a pothole, contact an experienced Queens pothole accidents lawyer. Pothole accident liability can be tricky to determine. Municipalities are responsible for repairing and maintaining roadways to ensure that they are free from defects. This includes making sure that potholes are properly repaired. Thus, in cases were a municipality had actual knowledge of a pothole or should have known about a pothole but failed to repair it, that municipality would be legally liable for accidents that resulted from that pothole.

The same may be true in cases where a driver caused an accident when he or she swerved to avoid a pothole. That driver would have a strong case that he or she had to swerve in order to avoid the hazard that the pothole presented. Thus, the municipality's negligence was the cause of the accident.

Consequences of Pothole Accidents

Victims injured in accidents caused by potholes sometimes suffer a variety of serious injuries. Common injuries include back injuries, head trauma, broken bones, and neck injuries. Such injuries typically require expensive treatment and extended recovery time. As a result victims miss work, losing a significant amount of income. In other cases victims suffer permanent injuries so that they are not able to return to work at all. In the most serious cases victims do not survive. Through a personal injury lawsuit or wrongful death lawsuit victims or their family members may be able to recover damages for medical expenses, lost wages, loss of future earning capacity, as well as pain and suffering.

Contact a Pothole Accidents Attorney in Queens

If you were seriously injured in a pothole accident, New York law allows you to seek compensation from the negligent parties. There are special rules that must be followed when bringing a claim against New York City, New York or any government entity. In order to ensure that your rights are protected and proper procedures are followed, it is important that you contact an attorney with experience. The staff at Stephen Bilkis & Associates has extensive experience representing clients injured in vehicle accidents where a municipality or other government entity may be at fault. Contact an experienced pothole accidents attorney serving Queens at 800.696.9529 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your car accident. We serve clients in Queens, Westchester County, Suffolk County, Staten Island, Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, and Nassau County.

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