According to a report from Fox San Antonio, many city drivers have become increasingly frustrated with a road improvement project. The construction project is on the city’s far west side, on Grissom Avenue. The Texas Department of Transportation recently placed a hard median in the middle of the road. Unfortunately neither TXDOT, nor the city of San Antonio, took the time to mark the abrupt change with proper warning signs. Even worse, there are still large painted arrows in the road indicating that turning traffic should cross this impossible barrier. This has already caused several accidents and has created a potentially dangerous situation. If you have been involved in a car caused by a poorly planned construction project, you should speak to an experienced motor-vehicle collision attorney immediately to discuss your legal options.

Will the City or State Actually Pay for My Damages?

The city or state should pay you full and fair compensation, but getting them to pay can be a challenge. For example, in this case a woman’s car was seriously damaged by the poorly placed temporary median. She claims she spoke at length the an adjuster employed by the city of San Antonio, and that adjuster was polite, reasonable and admitted the city’s fault over the telephone. But, the woman says once she actually filed a claim with the city, the friendly tone changed very quickly and the city tried to deflect all of the blame to the state of Texas. Filing a claim against TXDOT is notoriously difficult and an experienced car accident lawyer is a must.

Filing a Claim Against the State

The state will generally not willingly pay you full and fair compensation, if the state’s negligence has caused you serious damage you should seek the professional assistance of an experienced car accident attorney. Both Texas, and the city of San Antonio, have what is known legally as ‘sovereign immunity’. This means that you can not sue the government unless the government has expressly provided you with statutory permission to sue. In the case of poor highway maintenance, you are allowed to sue the city or state, But, to prevail you must prove that your damage was caused by gross negligence. This is a more difficult standard to meet, but it can be done. If negligence by the city or state caused you injury, it is only fair that they compensate you. Your attorney will help make this happen.

Contact An Experienced San Antonio Car Accident Lawyer

The city of San Antonio and the state of Texas both have a legal responsibility to provide citizens with reasonably safe roadways. The Grissom Avenue road improvement project is a potential example of the failure to live up to that obligation. If you, or a family member, has been injured in a car accident caused by dangerous road construction project you should speak to a qualified attorney as soon as possible. At the Law Offices of Ronald A. Ramos, we have decades experienced fighting on behalf of injured car accident victims. Contact our office today to schedule a free consultation.