Pothole Injuries on Public and Private Roads

Potholes on public and private roads can cause motor vehicle accidents and slip-and-fall injuries. If you suffered injuries in an accident caused by a pothole or other negligent property condition, the property owner or government entity in charge of the roadway may owe you compensation.

However, seeking financial justice for a pothole injury can be complex. If the at-fault party is the government, victims may not have much time to act. Therefore, you must understand your legal options if you suffer a pothole injury.

Potholes in Pittsburgh

You do not have to go far in Pittsburgh to spot a pothole. The City of Pittsburgh makes it easy to report a pothole, but handling the repairs is a year-round process, and due to a variety of factors, they don’t always get fixed in time to prevent injuries and property damage.

How Do Pothole Injuries Occur?

The jolt of hitting a pothole can cause injuries to those inside a vehicle. Potholes can also cause drivers to lose control of their cars, leading to collisions with fixed objects or other motorists. Drivers may swerve to avoid a pothole and collide with another vehicle. Potholes on the road also pose a threat to motorcyclists and bicyclists. Potholes on sidewalks, parking lots, and crosswalks can cause pedestrians to slip, trip, and fall.

Accidents involving potholes may result in severe injuries, including:

  • Broken bones
  • Facial and dental injuries
  • Sprains and strains
  • Head, neck, and shoulder injuries
  • Back injuries and spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries

Who Is Liable for Pothole Injuries?

Liability for a pothole injury depends on where the accident occurred. If the accident happened on private property, the property owner or manager may be at fault. The liable party is likely a government entity if the accident happened on a public road or public property.

How to Recover Compensation for a Pothole Injury

You can seek compensation for a pothole injury with an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit. In general, you can pursue monetary awards for:

  • Current and future medical bills
  • Lost wages, earnings, and employment benefits
  • Lost earning capacity
  • Physical pain
  • Mental and emotional suffering
  • Wrongful death of a loved one
  • Vehicle and personal property damage

According to Pennsylvania Statutes 42 § 5524, you usually have two years to file a personal injury lawsuit in civil court. However, if your claim is against a government entity, you only have six months to act, according to Pennsylvania Statutes 42 § 5522.

Contact a Personal Injury Attorney Serving Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

If you or your loved one suffered a pothole injury on a public or private roadway, Ainsman Levine, LLC, can help you pursue financial compensation. Attorney Richard C. Levine has over 30 years of legal experience with a focus on litigation. He and the rest of our firm’s compassionate attorneys and staff can advocate for you and your best interests.

We serve Pittsburgh and can arrange home and hospital visits with clients across western and central Pennsylvania, and you face no costs until we recover compensation on your behalf. Call or contact us online for a free consultation.