Accidents Caused by Street Defects

Skilled lawyers representing the injured in accidents caused by defective street conditions

When the streets of cities are designed, constructed, maintained and improved, the goal is generally to manage traffic and keep drivers, truckers, motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians safe. In San Francisco, maintaining traffic and pedestrian safety can be difficult because of narrow or winding streets, traffic congestion, extensive pedestrian use and inclement weather conditions such as heavy fog and rains.

Although it involves effort, cities and public entities can keep streets relatively safe through effective design, sufficient signs and traffic signals, adequate lighting, regular maintenance and necessary improvements. If you were injured in an accident because a person, business or public entity failed to reasonably maintain streets, sidewalks or other property or warn of dangerous conditions, the attorneys of the Law Office of Michael and Michelle Mandel can help you seek compensation for your injuries and losses.

Dangerous street conditions in the Bay Area

Under California law, a public entity is liable for injuries caused by a dangerous property condition, including an unsafe street or sidewalk. The injury caused by the dangerous condition must have been reasonably foreseeable and an employee of the public entity must have created the danger or known about the condition and had sufficient time to correct it. Dangerous conditions include any property condition that creates a substantial risk of injury.

Types of dangerous street conditions

We help clients recover compensation for all types of dangerous street and sidewalk conditions, including negligent or faulty design, construction, maintenance, improvements and property that is altered, flawed, damaged or deteriorated to a degree that makes it dangerous to users, even with due care. There are many examples of these types of street conditions:

  • Sharp drops at the edges of highways
  • Shoulder drop offs without guards or warnings
  • Inadequate signage
  • Dangerous intersections
  • Dangerous curves
  • Poor road maintenance
  • Road cave-ins
  • Construction hazards
  • Potholes
  • Uneven sidewalks and cracks
  • Inadequate or missing median barriers
  • Sharp curves
  • Insufficient curve grading
  • Poor drainage or drain maintenance causing dangerous street surface or hydroplaning
  • Stop signs obscured by foliage

Accidents caused by street defects

Our father-daughter team has more than 50 years of combined legal experience and skill. We fight for clients who are injured when street defects cause accidents such as:

  • Auto, truck and motorcycle accidents caused by dangerous street or bridge conditions
  • Bicycle accidents caused by defects in streets, bike lanes, crossings and sidewalks
  • Pedestrian accidents, including slip and fall and trip and fall accidents caused by sidewalk, crosswalk and road conditions

Lawyers holding public entities responsible for dangerous road conditions

At the Law Office of Michael and Michelle Mandel, we represent clients who are injured when property owners and public entities fail to take reasonable steps to ensure our streets and public properties are safe. To learn more about our services, contact us online or call us at 415-640-7329 for a free initial consultation with one of our personal injury lawyers.

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Law Office of Michael & Michelle Mandel
1438 Market Street
San Francisco, California, 94102 USA