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Can the government be sued for a pothole related car accident?

Potholes are not only an annoyance; they are dangerous. According to the representative of a New Jersey medical center, her hospital has been helping numerous individuals injured by pothole-related car accidents in recent months. The most regularly seen injuries from a pothole-related car accident include back and neck sprains and head injuries.

Drivers on certain New Jersey highways say that their experience has been akin to driving in a third world nation. One driver claimed that he had two flat tires during the last month alone. Another woman said her car went flying into a median because of a pothole and she was lucky to survive.

Currently, one of the worst offending roadways in terms of potholes is Palisades Parkway. The parkway has not been resurfaced in 18 years. The primary issue relates to an ongoing argument over who is going to pay for the road repairs. According to the Palisades Interstate Park Commission, which maintains the road, they do not have sufficient capital to pay the repair costs, which amount to $14.5 million.

In certain instances, when a motor vehicle accident is caused by potholes in New Jersey, accident victims can hold the government responsible for their injuries and property damages. Victims can seek justice by naming whichever government entity is responsible for their injuries as a defendant in a personal injury lawsuit. While every case is different, and the facts of the car accident must be examined carefully to determine who is liable, claims against city and state governments relating to pothole injuries are not uncommon.

Source: CBS New York, Driver: Palisades Parkway Potholes Put Me In Hospital, No author, March 3, 2014

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