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Who can be held liable for pothole accident injuries

You would be hard pressed to find someone who is offended by the warmer weather. The same would apply to the longer days now that daylight savings time is in effect. Yes, spring is just around the corner, which means that the beginning of pothole season is near.

Potholes are commonly created by water that seeps into cracks after snow and ice has melted during the winter. The moisture can refreeze as temperatures drop, then melt when temperatures go up. This can affect the integrity of the road and lead to potholes.

If you live in Wisconsin, potholes are nothing new. But this doesn’t mean that people are not injured in accidents caused by them.  In these instances, who should be sued? Further, should be held liable? This post will help to answer these questions. 

A government agency could be held liable if it was responsible for repairing potholes. For example, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation could be held accountable if it had the capacity to fix roads that had potholes, knew about the defects in the road (or should have known about them) ,did not fix the road, and a person was injured as a result.

As for who should be held responsible, the answer to this question depends on who was responsible for maintaining the road. For instance, if the pothole was found on a city street, chances are that the city was responsible for repairing it. The same would apply to the state department of transportation if the pothole was found on a state highway or interstate.

If you have questions about seeking compensatory damages due to injuries caused by a pothole accident, an experienced attorney can help. 

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