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New York Negligent Road Design Lawyer

Not all crashes are caused by drivers. Some are the result of poorly designed intersections, onramps that are much too short, and sharp highway bends that should have never been constructed in the first place. Crashes caused by negligent road design often lead to serious, life-altering injuries, and the victims of these types of crashes are entitled to compensation for their damages. If you or a loved one were injured in a crash that was caused by poor design, the New York negligent road design lawyers at Cohan Law Firm are here to help.

Proving Fault in a Negligent Road Design Case

Unlike a crash caused by another driver—in which the element needed to prove fault is that they violated right of way, were speeding, were tailgating, etc.—a negligent road design case must be built around the fact that the municipality had prior knowledge of the hazard, or it should have had prior knowledge, which is termed constructive knowledge.

  1. The municipality had real or constructive knowledge of the hazardous road design
  2. The municipality had a reasonable amount of time to fix the hazard
  3. The municipality failed to take action
  4. The road hazard caused your crash
  5. You were injured in the crash

It can be exceedingly difficult to prove fault in a negligent road design case, particularly if there was not a past history of collisions on the section of road you crashed on, or if the road has been that way for a long time. While it will likely be challenging to secure fair compensation, it is not out of the question by any means, and if your case is strong our attorneys are confident in their ability to get the job done.

Examples of Negligent Road Design

Traffic engineers and municipalities have a duty to design and build safe roadways for all road users. A failure to do so can result in catastrophic injury, and the responsible party (usually a municipality) can be held accountable. Examples of dangerous and negligently designed road infrastructure includes the following: 

  • Negligently designed on ramps and off ramps
  • Inadequate street lighting
  • Improper water drainage
  • Inaccurately timed traffic lights
  • Poorly designed highway shoulder
  • Improper road signage
  • Conflicting directions
  • Confusing intersections
  • Inadequate pedestrian services
  • Sharp bends with dangerously high speed limits 

Damages in a New York Negligent Road Design Crash

As a victim of a dangerous intersection, highway segment, on ramp, or other roadway on which you crashed, you have the right to seek damages for the following:

  • Hospital expenses
  • Future hospital and doctor bills
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of joy of life
  • Lost wages
  • Lost earning ability
  • Property damage

Call a New York Negligent Road Design Attorney Today

Winning a personal injury claim for negligent road design is a long, arduous process. Yet, you must begin very soon after the incident. In New York, you have 90 days from the date of injury to file a claim with the city. To get started today, call the New York negligent road design attorneys at Cohan Law Firm at 855-855-0321 for a complimentary consultation.

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