Could the Government Be Responsible for My Bronx Car Crash?

  • One moment, you’re on the road home from work, or you're heading to the convenience store for a little snack, or maybe—just maybe—you’re just out for a nice little drive. Sometimes, you just need a little fresh air. What you didn’t need was a car accident, but it’s too little, too late for that. 

    Worse, you may suspect that your car accident wasn’t your fault. You may be certain a government agency was responsible for the damages you suffered. They’re in charge of the roads, so they should be in charge when road conditions hurt drivers, right? 

    Although that’s not true for certain situations, such as weather hazards and stray animals, the government could be financially responsible for your Bronx car crash. If you’ve suffered on the road, reach out to your lawyer about the details of your claim to determine whether the government is at fault. 

    Road Hazards May Be the Government’s Fault

    Let’s say you were on the highway, and you hit a pothole at high speeds. That pothole has been there for a while, but no one has bothered to fix it despite complaints about the danger. When you hit that pothole, you lost control of your car and careened off the road, suffering severe injuries. 

    In these cases, the government may be responsible for your injuries. Government agencies such as the New York City Department of Transportation are responsible for ensuring all transit options are safe for residents and visitors. If it failed to fill a pothole, repair a road defect, or keep the roadways reasonably safe for all drivers, it could be held liable for your suffering.

    Restrictions for Suing the Government 

    It’s not always easy to get compensated by the government when it caused your car accident. The government has sovereign immunity, which protects it from being sued in certain cases. In New York, you have a better chance of seeking compensation from the government, but you’ll need to follow strict guidelines for taking action against the government. 

    For example, you’ll need to file a notice of claim within 90 days of the accident so the government has a chance to respond to your lawsuit in a hearing. You’ll also need to file your lawsuit within one year and 90 days of your car accident. 

    Luckily, you don’t have to move so quickly on your own. Your Bronx car accident lawyer can guide you through the claims process and represent you in the courtroom. If you’re struggling to get compensated from the government, it’s best not to take chances by acting alone; your chances to get compensated are limited. 

    Talk to a Bronx Car Crash Lawyer 

    If you believe the government was involved in your car accident, you may not be just a conspiracy theorist. The government may be liable for your accident. If you’ve been injured in an accident, your car accident lawyer at Greenstein & Milbauer, LLP can help you recover compensation. If you’re ready for a free consultation, call 1-800-VICTIM2 (842-8462) or visit us online for more information.