Hazardous Road Conditions

Experienced San Antonio attorney holds responsible parties liable

It's not always easy to determine the cause of an auto accident. At first it may seem that the accident was caused by driver error or carelessness, but investigation often reveals that other factors were involved, such as a defective tire or debris on the road.

One common cause of accidents is defects in the roadway, which can include:

  • Dangerous design, such as sharp curves or blind intersections
  • Poor maintenance, causing potholes, crumbling shoulders and other dangers
  • Negligent road construction, which can include improperly closed lanes, inadequate warning signs and debris or equipment left in traffic lanes

At The Bates Law Firm, we have more than 25 years of experience with auto, truck, motorcycle and other vehicle accidents in San Antonio and throughout South Texas. We know what causes accidents and the contributing factors likely involved as well as which parties are liable. Harry Bates conducts an in-depth investigation and personally guides accident victims and surviving family members through each aspect of a claim to develop a strategy in an effort to resolve the claim for injuries and damages.

Dangerous and defective road conditions in Texas

Car accidents caused by dangerous or defective road conditions involve complex personal injury claims because the liable party is often a state or city government body, or one of its contractors. The State of Texas is protected from lawsuits for damages, unless its immunity is waived specifically by statute. Under Texas law, immunity is waived for personal injury claims arising from a premises defect or special defect, allowing accident victims to sue in certain cases, such as those involving poor maintenance or unexpected, unusual dangers to drivers, passengers and pedestrians. However, if the defect is a negligent or dangerous road design, the municipality is protected from lawsuit, while the contractor may or may not be.

Legal matters of this complexity require a skilled and experienced attorney. Harry Bates is AV® Preeminent TM Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, meaning his peers have ranked him at the highest level of professional excellence, and is certified by the Texas State Board of Legal Specialization as an expert in personal injury litigation. Clients rely on The Bates Law Firm to provide compassionate, personalized and high-quality representation in the most complicated cases.

Seek the guidance of an expert if your injuries were caused by defective roads

If you believe your accident may have been caused by road conditions, The Bates Law Firm can help. To learn more about our services or to schedule a free initial consultation with Harry Bates, call 210-241-5437, or contact us online.