Our Michigan road defect lawyers handle cases for clients injured due to a defective highway, roadway, street, or sidewalk. The Michigan winter months can be particularly devestating to roads and walkways, and often times these defects are not fixed in a timely manner. Large cracks and potholes can wreck havok on unsuspecting motorists. These dangerous areas can cause dangerous car accidents and motorcycle accidents. We file cases against the State of Michigan and the city or county where the accident occurred. It is essential that the governmental agency responsible for maintaining the location of the injury be properly identified in order to pursue a case.
Types of Michigan Roadway Defects
Many roadway defects are due to poor maintenance or the failure to repair a defective condition. There is a wide range of roadway defects, including:
- Improper design
- Potholes and roadway defects
- Trees and debris on the roadway
- Highway shoulder drop-offs
- Failure to post warning signals and signs
- Inadequate or malfunctioning warning signals and signs
Injuries From Defective Road Accidents
The injuries suffered from a defective road or highway accident, highways are often severe. They include:
- Wrongful death
- Closed head/ traumatic brain injures
- Back injuries
- Neck injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Other traumatic injuries
Bicyclists and motorcyclists often suffer the most severe injuries in these dangerous raod accidents. This is especially true for potholes in the roadways and defective highway shoulders, including dangerous shoulder drop offs.
Take Photos Of Michigan Defective Road Conditions
It is essential that pictures and video, if possible, be taken of dangerous and defective conditions on highways and sidewalks. This is the best way for our Michigan road defect lawyers to prove that the condition was hazardous in your case. If the area is repaired before pictures are taken, it can be difficult to prove how dangerous the condition was on the day you were injured.
Take Measurements of Dangerous Street Conditions
It is also important that measures be taken of a pothole, raised cement, or other type of dangerous condition. While photographs provide great evidence of a road defect, the actual measurements of the condition are often what is necessary to prove and win a case. Our legal team and investigators will go to the location and take accurate measurements of the condition, but it is essentially that you contact us as soon as possible after the incident so measurements can be taken before repairs are made to it.
Notice Requirements in Michigan Road Defect Accident Cases
In Michigan, a person injured due to a defective roadway has a limited period to notify the negligent government agency of the defect. These deadlines range from 60 to 120 days after the accident, depending on the agency and defect alleged. The notice must specify the precise location of the defect, the type of defect, and the names and contact information of all known eyewitnesses to the incident.
The failure to provide that notice may cause dismissal of your case. Recent court cases have dismissed road defect lawsuits because the injured person either gave no written notice or insufficient notice to the department. Therefore, any person injured due to defective roadway should call our law firm immediately to start working on your case.
Best Michigan Defective Road Accident Lawyers
Our legal team includes the most successful defective road accident attorneys in Michigan. Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. and our lawyers have won the top awards in the legal profession, including:
- U.S. News & World Report Best Law Firms
- "Best Michigan Personal Injury Attorney" by American Lawyer Academy
- Named Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Michigan
- Honored as "Super Lawyers"
- Top Martindale-Hubbell Rating (AV) for Skill & Integrity
- Member of Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Michigan Road Defect Lawyer No Fee Promise
Our Michigan road defect lawyers will represent you in your Michigan road, sidewalk, or highway defect injury case under our NO FEE PROMISE. This means that you will not be charged any legal fees whatsoever unless we obtain a settlement or recovery for you. You have absolutely no obligation for legal fees unless we win your case. If we do not obtain a settlement for you, you owe us nothing!
Contact Your Michigan Road Defect Lawyer
To start your case now, contact the road defect attorneys at our Michigan law firm. We will start working on your case immediately and do everything necessary to win your case. Call now at (800) 606-1717 for your free, no obligation case review.