When we think of automobile accidents, we, most likely, think of two cars colliding, with one driver being "at fault", the other being a "victim". However, some auto accidents are not any driver’s fault. Sometimes, a road is so dangerous that the accident is "the road’s" fault. For example, a defect in the road can cause a driver to lose control of the vehicle; a bridge may be defective, a curve too sharp. Sometimes a road is defectively built, holds too much water and causes an unsuspecting driver to hydroplane out of control.
In most states or counties, state or county road commissions responsible for highway and road construction safety. These commissions are responsible for making our roads safe; when they fail in doing so, they are subject to liability and damages in a lawsuit, just like the "at fault" driver in a two car collision is. They are who you sue when "the road" is at fault.
This is one sub-specialty of an experienced auto accident attorney. If you find yourself injured as the result of an accident caused by a defect in a road or highway, we advise that you retain an experienced attorney who has handled these cases, successfully, in the past. Ask, specifically, whether the attorney has handled cases against the government. Defective road cases are one of a few instances where injury victims can pursue litigation against a government entity. You will want to retain someone who has the knowledge and experience to handle the liability portion of the case as well as knowing what can be recovered in damages. Auto accident and personal injury experience, as well as prior litigation experience against government entities is vital.
Litigation is an almost overwhelming process. There are court appearances, mountains of paperwork and, usually, experienced adjusters or attorneys opposing you, representing the person or entity responsible for your injuries. Police reports, medical reports, witness statements, complaints, interrogatories, pleadings, discovery requests, motions, etc., must all be filed correctly and professionally. An experienced automobile accident attorney familiar with the details of this process and, who, at the same time, is a compassionate "partner" in handling the case, helping you through a difficult process, can make a significant difference in your bottom line. Most experienced attorneys won’t charge you anything unless they collect damages for you. This contingent fee arrangement assures you that the maximum effort will be made to obtain the largest settlement possible for you; after all, if you get nothing, your attorney gets nothing. If you don’t know or can’t find an experienced attorney in your area, the Lawsuit Financial Attorney Referral Program will locate you a legal specialist in your area within 24 hours of your call. THIS IS A FREE SERVICE.
Insurance companies do not roll over and pay auto accident personal injury claims very easily. Your attorney is handling your case on a contingency fee basis, so his representation does not cost you money, up front. But, you are seriously injured or disabled; you cannot work, and the bills are piling up. What do you do?
Lawsuit Financial provides lawsuit funding for all types of personal injury cases. Funding is available to pay your rent, mortgage, car payment, credit card bills, utilities, groceries, medical expenses, transportation costs, and any other important bill or expense, while you wait for your case to resolve. Like your attorney’s services, lawsuit funding services contingent upon the outcome of your case. If you lose your case, you do not have to repay the money provided you. Lawsuit Financial extends holiday greetings to all its readers and to the membership, management and administrative staff of the Injury Board. And, true to Injury Board’s core principles, please, be careful, be safe, this holiday season.
Attorney, certified civil mediator, and award-winning author of the Zachary Blake Betrayal Series. Mark Bello is also a member of the State Bar of Michigan, a sustaining member of the Michigan Association for Justice, and a member of the American Association for Justice.