A recent Transportation Department report states that half of New Jersey’s highways are deficient. According to NJ.com, only 20 percent of New Jersey’s highways are rated “good” while 30 percent are considered “fair.” The report defines “deficient” as a roadway that has potholes and cracks that can slow down traffic and cause vehicle damage, and half of the state’s roadways are rated as such. Government officials have announced new plans to repair many of the damaged roads over the next five years.
Dangerous roadways have been known to cause or contribute to serious injury accidents. When a motorist hits a large pothole or uneven surface, there is a chance that the vehicle may veer out of control. In such cases, the governmental agency in charge of maintaining the roadway may be held liable for the damages suffered in the crash.
Injured victims of New Jersey hazardous roadway accidents may pursue financial compensation through civil litigation. In such cases, compensation may be available for losses such as hospital bills, time away from work, physical pain, and mental anguish. The injured victim will have to prove that the roadway’s poor conditions caused the accident and that the governing body in charge of the roadway was aware of the issue and failed to act accordingly.
Holding a governing body responsible for a crash is not easy and it often requires a skilled attorney with experience and a successful track record handling similar cases. The reputed Princeton motor vehicle accident attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein know how to work with investigators to assess liability for a crash. To discuss how to hold a governing body liable for the damages suffered in an accident caused by a dangerous roadway, call our offices at 609-240-0040 for a free consultation.