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Road Defects Accident

Top Rated Road Defect Accident Injury Lawyers In Buffalo, New York

Jed Dietrich, Esq., and His Elite Team of Lawyers and Paralegals at the Dietrich Law Firm P.C., Fight to Obtain the Best Result for People Injured in Accidents Caused by Road Defects in Buffalo, New York.


Road pavement defectsDrivers in Buffalo, New York and its surrounding areas know that harsh winters have led to serious deterioration of our roads. The State of New York and its municipalities are responsible for designing, constructing and maintaining roads throughout the state. The responsible governmental body can generally be held accountable for any injuries caused by negligent design, construction or maintenance of the roads under their jurisdiction.

Every driver has the right to drive on roads that are safely designed, correctly built and properly maintained. Unfortunately, many governmental entities such as the New York State Thruway Authority, Erie County and the City of Buffalo do not always fulfill their duties to mend road defects, fix hazardous conditions or make certain the roads are properly maintained. Each year, road defects cost Western New Yorkers millions of dollars in damages to their vehicles and in injury related medical expenses. Did a defect in the road play a role in your car or truck accident?

If you, or a loved one, were injured in an accident caused by a road defect, Jed Dietrich, Esq. and his team of road defect accident injury lawyers in Buffalo, New York are here for you. We are determined, disciplined and dedicated to obtaining the best possible results for those suffering personal injuries in Buffalo, New York; Rochester, New York; Niagara Falls, New York and throughout New York State. Victims of road defect accidents may be eligible for monetary compensation for their medical treatment, pain and suffering, lost wages and future losses through a claim against the responsible party. Former clients of the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. have repeatedly said that Jed Dietrich, Esq. is their choice for the best personal injury lawyer in Buffalo, New York. We invite you to view our Google 5 Star rating and our clients’ testimonials by clicking here.

Since 1999, Jed Dietrich, Esq., recognized as a New York Super Lawyer, has exclusively handled serious personal injury cases throughout New York State and beyond. In 2005, Jed Dietrich, Esq. founded the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. with a mission to provide the highest level of personal injury service in Buffalo, New York and beyond. Our top rated team of Buffalo, New York road defect injury attorneys will fight aggressively and tenaciously to obtain the best result after your injury accident. Insurance companies have paid Jed Dietrich, Esq. over $150 million to resolve his clients' injury claims

What Is A Road Defect?

According to the Washington Post, road defects contribute to more traffic fatalities than any other factor. This means that more deaths are caused by road defects than drinking and driving, speeding or failing to wear a seatbelt.

Commonly occurring road defects that can create unsafe and dangerous conditions for drivers include:

  1. Excessive debris on the road, not removed in a timely manner;
  2. Failure to post appropriate warning signs;
  3. Faulty or insufficient warning signs or signals;
  4. Inadequate lighting;
  5. Inadequate or missing guardrails;
  6. Insufficient median barriers;
  7. Insufficiently established construction zones;
  8. Large cracks or cave-ins;
  9. Long-standing rain water;
  10. Poor road design;
  11. Poorly marked or dangerously designed intersections;
  12. Potholes;
  13. Sloping shoulders; and
  14. Uneven pavement.

If you, or a loved one, were injured in an accident caused by a road defect, contact the Dietrich Law Firm P.C., recognized as a Best Law Firm of America, today at 716-839-3939. Our team of highly experienced and top rated Buffalo, New York road defect injury lawyers will fight for the compensation that you deserve for the injuries you suffered.

What Types Of Injuries Can A Road Defect Cause?

Any of the above defects can easily cause drivers to lose control of their vehicles and result in terrible accidents. Unexpected road defects can result in drivers swerving into oncoming traffic and causing head-on collisions, which are likely to result in serious injuries or even death. Other drivers may hit a stationary object, like a tree or building, which could cause their vehicle to overturn. Road defect accidents can cause numerous injuries including:

  1. Burns and lacerations;
  2. Facial injuries;
  3. Fractured bones;
  4. Herniated discs;
  5. Internal injuries or organ damage;
  6. Neck, back or spine injuries;
  7. Painful disfigurements;
  8. Permanent scarring;
  9. Post-traumatic stress disorder;
  10. Severed limbs;
  11. Total paralysis;
  12. Traumatic brain injuries; and
  13. Whiplash.

WERE YOU INJURED IN AN ACCIDENT CAUSED BY A DEFECTIVE ROAD CONDITION IN BUFFALO, NIAGARA FALLS, ROCHESTER OR OTHER PARTS OF NEW YORK STATE?

CALL JED DIETRICH, ESQ. AND HIS TOP RATED AND HIGHLY EXPERIENCED TEAM OF BUFFALO, NEW YORK ROAD DEFECT CAR ACCIDENT INJURY LAWYERS AT 716-839-3939 NOW TO OBTAIN THE HELP THAT YOU NEED!

How Can I Prove My Accident Was Caused By A Road Defect?

Broken traffic lights New York law permits road defect accident victims to seek compensation from the responsible party. However, determining who is at fault in a road defect accident can be a complex matter. This complexity can often be because more than one party may be at fault.

Identifying the hazard that caused the accident, gathering and preserving evidence and proving that the responsible party was previously aware of the defect are very important. Every road defect accident case has a unique set of circumstances, that is why it is important to hire a knowledgeable lawyer who knows what evidence to look for. Often this evidence will include:

  1. Pictures of the road defect;
  2. Pictures of the scene of the accident;
  3. Police reports from the accident;
  4. Testimony from eyewitnesses;
  5. Earlier reports regarding the same road defect; and
  6. Expert witness testimony.

If you were injured as a result of a Buffalo, New York road defect accident, contact Jed Dietrich, Esq. and his team of top rated and elite road defect accident injury lawyers in Buffalo, New York today at 716-839-3939. Jed Dietrich, Esq. is recognized as a Best Lawyer of America and his team is available 24 hours per day and 7 days per week. Plus, there is never a fee unless we WIN for you.

Who Is Responsible For A Road Defect Accident?

Causes of car accidents are not always completely clear. It may seem like driver error caused an accident when it was actually caused by a road defect. It is the responsibility of the respective municipality to regularly inspect, maintain and repair roadways to ensure that they do not have defects.

When a municipality knew or should have known about a road defect, yet failed to repair it, that municipality can be held legally responsible for any accidents resulting from that defect. Even in situations where an accident had other contributing factors, the municipality can be held liable for the accident if it can be proven that the road defect played a role in the accident.

Generally, it must be proven that the municipality or New York State had prior notice of the road defect. Road defect claims often consist of showing how long the dangerous road condition existed and proving that the responsible party was aware of the defect. If the defect existed for a long period of time, your case becomes even stronger.

In order to recover compensation for injuries suffered as a result of a road defect accident, the following may need to be obtained or determined:

  1. Information concerning the governmental entity that was responsible for the roadway. A local municipality, the county or New York State may own the roadway.
  2. Evidence that the responsible party had prior notice regarding the road defect and sufficient time to repair it. This can be proven by a prior written complaint filed about the road defect at the location where the personal injury occurred.
  3. Proof that the road defect resulted in a personal injury.

It is important to note that claims against municipalities must be filed within 90 days, or you may not be eligible for compensation. Therefore, YOU MUST ACT FAST. Contact our team of Buffalo, New York personal injury attorneys today so that you can ensure your rights are preserved.

Practicing law the Dietrich way, we are: determined, disciplined and dedicated to your cause. The Buffalo, New York road defect injury lawyers at the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. understand how to aggressively pursue road defect accident injury claims to get the best results possible for your injuries. The Dietrich Law Firm P.C.'s legal team will face insurance companies and municipalities head on to attempt to obtain the best result for your Buffalo, New York personal injury claim. Contact us today at 716-839-3939.


Call the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. immediately at 716-839-3939 so that our aggressive, tenacious and hardworking personal injury lawyers can fight to obtain the best result for your personal injury claim in Buffalo, New York. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and there is never a fee until we WIN for you!

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