Traffic lights and signs on the road are placed there for a reason. This way you get navigation and know when to stop or continue driving. But since traffic lights depend on electricity, they can often malfunction. When this happens, it isn’t uncommon for car accidents to happen.
If you were involved in a car accident that happened because the lights were not functioning properly, you’re probably wondering what steps you need to take. Things may appear complicated, but this doesn’t mean that you should give up.
Not only drivers but pedestrians as well can get involved in such accidents. Anyone involved in the accident could be at fault, but the fault can also be in the government entity (city, municipality, country, or state). To be sure that you will take the right legal steps, consult a Boston car accident attorney.
What Leads to Traffic Lights to Malfunction
Traffic lights can fail to work due to various reasons. In most cases, the malfunctioning is a result of poor weather such as rain, snow, or winds that damage the circuits. In other cases, the malfunctioning could result because of irregular maintenance or poor installation.
The lights may show only one light which can confuse the drivers. In some cases the lights can work for a brief time (short green light); in such situations, pedestrians have a very short time to cross the street, which often may lead to an accident. Even though drivers should be careful, the main reason for an accident of this type lies in the traffic light malfunction.
Who is at Fault for Such Accidents?
When such an accident happens, the main question is who is at fault. Although this seems like a complex thing, there are several options when the lights malfunctioning contributed to the accident. The city, municipality, or county has a responsibility to take care of the roads. This includes traffic lights maintenance. So, it could be a challenge if you yourself are trying to determine whose fault it was. It’s best to allow your car accident attorney to take care of this.
What Do I Do If My Accident Happened Because of Malfunctioning Traffic Lights?
If the accident has clearly happened because of malfunctioning traffic lights, you may seek a compensation claim from the government entity (municipality, county, city). This could be a challenge since you aren’t seeking a claim from a person’s insurance company. This is why you shouldn’t seek the claim by yourself but allow an experienced car accident attorney to help you.
What’s important in such accidents and before you seek the claim, is to get medical help, even if your injuries are minor and non-life-threatening. This medical report will be good support for you when you seek the claim. Your attorney will use the medical record, but also will seek other evidence such as the police report, surveillance camera footage, and potential witnesses.
Call a Car Accident Attorney
Don’t forget that you are not obliged to accept the first offer. Your attorney will advise you not to do this since these offers are quite low and may not be enough to cover all your expenses. Negotiation is crucial in such cases; your attorney will surely do this until you get a decent offer. If that doesn’t happen, your case could easily end in court, and the jury there will determine the amount of the settlement you will get.
Having a lawyer by your side is important for numerous things. First of all, they would review your case and let you know what you may expect. They could investigate your case and help you with all the legal matters while you’re recovering. Many people are not aware of the legal terms and do not know what they should do.
Going against government entities and insurance companies may be a real challenge, so an attorney could be an excellent support in these difficult times. Car accidents can happen to anyone at any time, no matter how good and careful drivers they are. The injuries in such accidents can change the victim’s life forever. The medical bills, car reparations, lost wages, and other expenses can seriously affect the victim’s budget.
If you were recently injured in an accident that happened because of malfunctioning traffic lights, be sure to schedule a consultation with our team at Soto Law. We have experience and knowledge and will stand by your side until the very end.