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Accident/Negligence Law: Defective Road Injuries

Accident/Negligence Law

Defective Road Injuries

Guy Vining has been legal counsel in many, many motorcycle, car, and truck crash/accident cases over the years. Elsewhere in the website you can read a lot of material about 1st party and 3rd party cases.

Vining Law Group has also represented motorcyclists and drivers in defective road cases. Many single vehicles and multiple vehicle crash/accident cases result from defective highways. Generally speaking, an individual may not sue the government for injuries because of a legal concept entitled “governmental immunity.” However, defective road cases are an exception to governmental immunity.

As the infrastructure deteriorates and local roads fall into greater despair and deterioration the hazards for motorists and, particularly, motorcyclists increase. Under MCL 691.1402 governmental units have a duty to maintain and reasonably repair roads so that they are reasonably fit and safe for public travel. This duty includes the responsibility to: inspect for possible damages, deterioration damage, repair, reinforce, correct and generally take reasonable precautions to protect motorcyclists and car drivers from foreseeable dangers.

If you or a loved one are injured due to a defective road you must take action quickly. The law requires that you provide a statutory notice within 120 days (about 4 months) from the accident. This notice is required by MCL 691.1404 and if notice is not timely and properly given it will bar your legal actions. You will also need to move quickly to obtain measurements and photographic evidence and an expert witness knowledgeable of road defects such as longitudinal cracking, traverse cracking, alligator cracking, deep and long wheel rutts in black top and other irregularities.

These conditions are particularly dangerous to bicyclists and motorcyclists. Please feel free to call for a no cost consultation if you or a loved one were injured on a defective road or highway. You need to speak to a personal injury attorney immediately. At the Vining Law Group all telephone conferences and initial meetings are free. Also, most personal injury representation is on a contingency fee basis so that you do not need to pay out of pocket for legal fees to get the help you need.

Guy Vining, an experience personal injury attorney, in metro-Detroit, maintains his office in Taylor, Michigan, where he serves the downriver communities of Monroe, South Rockwood, Gibraltar, Brownstown Township, Grosse Ile, Woodhaven, Trenton, Southgate, Riverview, Allen Park, Lincoln Park, Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Westland, Wayne, and Ecorse. If you or a family member or friend would like a no-obligation, no cost, consultation/financial analysis, just call or Email Guy Vining of Vining Law Group, P.L.C. to schedule a meeting.