A number of auto accidents, and, serious New Jersey personal injuries are caused by hazardous roadway conditions. If such dangerous conditions are on private property, then the property owner can be held liable for injuries caused. However, if these hazards are on the public right-of-way, then the city, county, municipality or the governmental entity responsible for maintaining that roadway could be held liable for the accident, and, resulting injuries.
What does a victim need to prove in such cases? The victim must prove that there was a dangerous condition on the public property, and, that the injuries were directly caused by that dangerous condition. As New Jersey premises liability attorneys, we often encounter cases where a governmental agency has prior knowledge of the dangerous condition, but does not make it a priority to fix the problem. Other examples of hazardous conditions include lack of proper signage, defective guardrails, stop signs obscured by foliage or other structures and lack of traffic lights or crosswalks at busy intersections.
Fighting governmental entities is never an easy task. It is important for injury victims to realize that any personal injury or wrongful death claim against a governmental agency in New Jersey must be filed within 90 days of the accident, or, injury. Such a claim must present the basis or facts, and also explain any injuries sustained. It must also name the public agency and the entities or employees who you believe caused your injuries.
Each one of these claims is unique. It takes an experienced and skilled New Jersey personal injury lawyer to help you fight for your rights in such cases. The NJ personal injury lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein have been helping protect the rights of those injured by the negligence of others for many years. Call us at (609) 240-0040 for a free consultation and comprehensive evaluation of your case.