Injuries Due to Dangerous Conditions of the Public Property
April 28, 2011
Injuries occurring on public property such as certain roadways are often the result of our own or another person’s failure to exercise reasonable care. For instance, if you are injured in a car accident and the injury was caused by another driver’s failure to obey a red light traffic signal, you would have a strong case for recovering against the other driver. A problem arises when the other driver is not adequately insured and does not otherwise have the personal assets to fully compensate you for your damages.
Unfortunately, without adequate insurance or personal assets, you may be at a dead-end. However, if your injuries were caused at least in part, due to a dangerous condition of the public property such as a roadway, you may be able to seek compensation from the responsible government entity.
One way to prove the government entity liable for your injuries is to show that the property which the particular government entity owned or controlled constituted a trap for motorists. Another way is to show that the owner or controller of the public roadway failed to post a sign to warn of a dangerous condition of property which led to you being injured. This is by no means a complete list of the possible ways to prove a government entity liable for your injuries.
It should be noted that this area of the law can be dense and ridden with procedural barriers. In addition, government entities are provided with certain immunities that may insulate them from liability. As such, if you think your injuries may have had something to due with a dangerous condition of the public property, please contact us. We will do our best to thoroughly evaluate your case.
|Atticus N. Wegman, Esq.