A: In some cases, a local city, county or state government entity in Pennsylvania could be held liable if a defect in a road, street or highway caused a motorcycle accident. However, in Pennsylvania, there is a legal distinction between state highways and local roads.
Under the Sovereign Immunity Act, causes of action for defects such as potholes or sinkholes are expressly allowed against state agencies which own or maintain state highways, such as PennDot. Under the Political Subdivision Tort Claims Act, causes of action are allowed against local agencies for dangerous conditions of a locally owned or maintained street.
Each of these two laws requires different evidence to establish liability, and it is important to discuss your case with a car and motorcycle accident lawyer. You may be able to obtain financial compensation for your injuries.
Access our free legal article about government liability for defects in a Pennsylvania road, street or highway.
Pennsylvania Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
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Our lawyers handle car, truck, motorcycle accident cases in the Pennsylvania and New Jersey area:
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More Pennsylvania Motorcycle Accident Legal Articles:
- Investigating Pennsylvania Motorcycle Accident Cases for Liability Beyond the Other Driver
- Pennsylvania Car, Truck & Motorcycle Accident Law-Highway & Roadway Defect Cases
- Pennsylvania Pedestrian Accident Laws – Negligence in a Pedestrian Accident Lawsuit in Pennsylvania
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Published: September 17, 2012