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Single-car accidents and poor road conditions

As the temperatures drop, road conditions throughout the country worsen. Each year, new potholes form suddenly and other elements of our roadways struggle to remain stable in winter conditions.

While our roads here in New York are not the worst in the country by any stretch of the imagination, they require near-constant maintenance just to remain usable by the thousands and thousands of motorists who travel them each and every day.

Unfortunately, poor road conditions often cause serious car accidents that drivers might otherwise easily avoid. This can prove particularly frustrating when a driver suffers a single-car accident because of poor road conditions.

If you recently experienced a single-car accident because of poor road conditions, you may need to consult with an experienced attorney who can advise you of your rights and help you devise a strategy for pursuing fair compensation for your loss.

Whom do you hold responsible?

When it comes to poorly maintained roads, it is difficult to pursue any kind of fair compensation for an accident until you know precisely who bears responsibility for maintaining the road where your accident occurred.

For lay people with limited experience navigating legal issues and public services, it is often useful to consult with an attorney who can help you identify the responsible party. For instance, New York City and its surrounding communities often bleed into each other geographically, making it difficult to determine where one municipality ends and another begins.

Be sure that you know whom to hold responsible before moving forward with a claim.

What about unavoidable accidents?

Single car accidents often involve some other party who did not suffer any damage but caused the accident through negligence. For instance, if you swerve to avoid someone else who enters the road negligently, the other driver may hold responsibility for the accident even if your vehicle was the only one affected.

Don't wait to learn about your own legal options

After a single car accident that you do not believe you caused as the driver, you probably need some specific legal counsel. Be mindful to understand the full scope of the issues involved, as well as the specific state and city laws that may affect your claim before you move forward in your pursuit of justice.

Winter weather is tough on roads, and often creates difficult driving conditions. Be sure to take proper safety precautions as you drive to minimize the chances of suffering an accident this winter season.

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