Drivers all over the state of Louisiana are facing high costs when it comes to operating their vehicles, and poor road conditions might be the most harrowing. A recent article in The Greater Baton Rouge Business Report stated how bad the road conditions actually are in Baton Rouge, and there’s evidence of major road troubles in other cities too, including Lafayette.
It’s hard enough to deal with the exorbitant costs of fuel and general vehicular maintenance. Add to the mix shoddy road conditions and the damages they cause, and drivers in our state face a dire situation.
The Greater Baton Rouge Business Report revealed that the annual cost for a Baton Rouge resident to drive a car on the city’s roads is $2,466.
This cost is the highest in our state, factoring in only the price of driving on Louisiana roads as related to often-poor street and highway conditions, lack of safety features in our infrastructure, and general costs to operate a car.
The Real Cost of Poor Road Conditions in Louisiana
If our state’s roads are so bad, riddled with potholes and shoulders that simply drop off, what do you think the chances of getting into a car accident are? Pretty high, right? Additionally, Louisiana drivers frequently have to deal with construction zones blocked off in order to repair roads, which is yet another hazard for which drivers are sometimes left to pay the price.
Along with the high costs of repairing a car that’s been wrecked due to poor infrastructure, people are injured in these accidents. Injuries that happen because someone in government failed to maintain a road shouldn’t happen. So, who’s at fault if it does?
In many cases, the government entity (a city, county or state) is liable for the auto accident if a poor road caused the crash. These organizations are charged with maintaining public roads for public safety. If they don’t do their job, they can be held accountable.
In order to prove that a government entity is responsible for a vehicular accident, injury victims need to show that:
- The government knew of the road condition or should have known
- The government failed to repair a faulty road it knew about
- The government did not act (repair) in a reasonable amount of time
Making a Claim Against the Government for a Bad Road
If you’ve been in an accident and you think a poor road in our state was the cause, you might be wise to make a claim for damages. The first thing you should do after your accident is to seek medical attention if required. Then, document the following:
- The location of the accident (what businesses and buildings are around you?)
- The street or highway name
- The direction of travel
- The specific location on the road where the damage is that caused the wreck
- The characteristics of the road damage (size, depth, etc.)
- The names and contact information of witnesses
When making a claim, you will need to know which government entity is responsible for the section of road related to your accident. You can call the county commissioner’s office for help locating the government entity to which you will direct your claim.
If you’ve been injured in an auto accident and think that poor road conditions caused the crash, contact Tony Tramontana. We want to hear your story and help you with your claim. Fill out the form on the bottom of this page and we will be in touch with you promptly.