Hazardous Roadway Accidents
Many accidents are caused by negligent or reckless drivers, such as those who run red lights or back up without checking their mirrors. Other accidents are caused by defective parts on a vehicle, such as brakes that fail or a steering column that malfunctions.
But many Fort Wayne accidents are caused by the roads themselves. It’s no secret that Fort Wayne and surrounding areas have dangerous roadways, which can cause motorists to lose control and either crash into another motorist or hit a stationary object.
If you believe a hazardous roadway caused your collision, please contact us today. One of our attorneys will be happy to go over your accident and check whether you can bring a legal claim.
Bringing a Claim
Before you sue, you need to identify who is responsible for the road. Most roads in Fort Wayne are public, so the municipality and the state are responsible for making sure the roads are safe. If the road is private, then the road owner must make the road safe should he allow other people to drive on it. If you are trespassing on a private road, then the owner owes you a much lower duty of care.
Bringing a claim against a private owner is no different than suing someone for not maintaining their property adequately. You can negotiate with their insurer and then file a lawsuit, or you can go straight to the lawsuit. There are strategic advantages to each approach which you can discuss with an attorney.