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Can a local city in Pennsylvania be held liable for a roadway defect in a car accident case?

Yes, in some cases, a local city, county or state government entity in Pennsylvania could be held liable in a case where a car, truck, bus or motorcycle accident occurs due to some defect of the local road or street. Cases usually revolve around whether or not the local government agency had proper notice of the defect.

For example, in a case where a local street floods in a specific area due to improper roadway drainage issues, the injured party would have to prove that whichever government agency controlled or maintained the roadway had notice of the defect. Alternatively, the injured party would need evidence showing that the defect existed for such a period of time that the government agency is deemed to have known about it.

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These kinds of cases require expertise and knowledge of which experts to use and which evidence is most helpful in establishing notice. Failing to file the appropriate notice may result in the case being dismissed.

Pennsylvania Car Accident Lawyers

It is crucial to have a potential case against a government agency evaluated immediately by a Pennsylvania car and truck accident lawyer.

For nearly 30 years, the law firm of Schwartz & Blackman has been representing residents of Pennsylvania in car, truck and motorcycle accidents. Our lawyers handle car, truck, motorcycle accident cases in the Pennsylvania and New Jersey area:

  • PA: Berks County, Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Montgomery County, Philadelphia County, Allentown, Lehigh Valley, Norristown, Philadelphia
  • NJ: Atlantic County, Burlington County, Camden County, Gloucester County, Mercer County, Middlesex County, Monmouth County, Camden, Cherry Hill, New Jersey shore cities

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Published: September 17, 2012



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