I lost control of my car on a highway in Pennsylvania and crashed into a pole. It was raining and my tires slipped. What are my rights?


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A: The answer depends on what caused the accident to occur. For instance, if the tires or breaks were recently maintained, the company which provided the service may be liable for negligent maintenance. Alternatively, hydroplaning may have caused the accident and in which case, there may be a claim against the government agency which maintains ownership and control of the highway.

Hydroplaning is a common cause of highway accidents, especially on highways. In single car accident situations, police may not adequately investigate hydroplaning as the cause of the accident. Driver inattention will usually be determined to be the cause of the accident. Therefore, determining whether hydroplaning caused the accident means having a lawyer investigate certain factors, such as:

  • water depth,
  • tire pressure,
  • tire tread, and
  • speed of the vehicle(s).

To access our free legal article about hydroplaning in Pennsylvania car accident cases, click here.

If hydroplaning did in fact cause the accident, there may be a viable case against a local government or state agency responsible for maintenance and control of the highway. However, most states, like Pennsylvania, require notice of the intent to file suit against the government agency within a specific time frame. In Pennsylvania, that notice requirement deadline is 180 days from the date of the accident. It is best to contact a Pennsylvania car and truck accident lawyer immediately.

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