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San Diego car accidents, city liable for unsafe road conditions

A dramatic rise in single-driver car accidents has left San Diego residents wondering whether their roadways are being properly maintained by the city. This week, William Anthony Dibernardo, Alan Phillips, and Edward V Meza all lost their lives on San Diego roadways. The common thread among the accidents was that no other drivers were involved. The drivers lost control of their own vehicles for unknown reasons and veered off of the road.

The most challenging aspect of single-driver accidents is conducting a proper investigation to determine what caused the driver to lose control of their vehicle, and ultimately who is responsible for the accident. Prompt investigation into the road conditions at the time of the accident is crucial. If investigators discover that poorly maintained road conditions caused the accident, then the government may be negligent and may face municipal liability. The city may then be responsible for the injuries damages of the victims.

If prompt investigation is not conducted, valuable evidence needed to demonstrate culpability may be lost. For example, if a pothole caused a driver to lose control of their vehicle, the pothole must be photographed and measured. However, if the pothole is filled shortly after the accident, the scene has changed and the evidence is lost. Area lighting, road conditions, and all other circumstances must be promptly investigated, documented, and preserved.

Additionally, claims against government entities have special procedural rules and time limits. In California, claims against the State, Municipalities and other government districts and agencies require that within 6 months of the date of the accident an administrative claim be filed with the appropriate government entity or agency. Claims against the Federal government require an administrative claim to be filed with 2 years of the date of the accident.

Cases involving government entities are very complex. Experienced legal counsel on your side is a must. An attorney will take control of this confusing situation, conduct timely investigation, preserve evidence, determine accountability and preserve all avenues of legal recourse by filing the administrative claims.

If you or a loved one is hurt, or killed, in a traffic accident, an experienced attorney can help. At the Law Offices of David P. Beeson we have been representing victims of car accidents for more than 35 years. Visit our website atwww.beeson4law.com or call us at 619-233-6078.

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