Injuries sustained during car accidents can range from minor scrapes and
bruises to life-altering, catastrophic injuries. In 2007, a graduate of
San Lorenzo Valley High School lost control of her vehicle, spun into
oncoming traffic, and was struck by a pickup truck being driven by a Santa
Cruz County worker. The accident resulted in catastrophic injury, and
left the young woman a quadriplegic. According to a pressbanner.com article,
the family of the Santa Cruz accident victim is seeking to file suit against
the county after informal investigation of the circumstances surrounding
the accident showed that road conditions may have played a contributing
factor in causing the accident.
According to the claim, the safety of the road, including its drainage
and current signage, is being labeled as dangerous. Furthermore, the speed
of the vehicle being driven by the county worker has also been labeled
a factor that may have caused the accident. If in fact these conditions
are deemed to have played a role in causing the accident, then the injured
party may be able to seek compensatory damages. Such recompense can assist
with the costs associated with the accident, namely medical bills and
physical therapy fees, if applicable.
Dangerous road conditions are not the fault of motorists. It is the responsibility
of local governing authorities to ensure that roads and highways are safe
to be traveled on. In the event that dangerous road conditions contribute
to a San Jose car accident, the best course of action for an accident
victim to take is retaining the services of an experienced Santa Cruz
personal injury attorney. At Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP, our skilled
injury attorneys will seek compensatory damages on your behalf and will
hold those responsible for your accident accountable for their actions.
Call us today at (800) 900-0863 for a free case consultation.