The obligation of the government to keep us safe on our roadways

by | Jan 15, 2011

A local government has the duty to keep its public sidewalks, streets, and highways in good repair. When defective or unsafe conditions are known or should have been known to the government, it has a duty to give warnings to the public of these defective or unsafe conditions that are still unrepaired. The government is supposed to know about a defect or unsafe condition if reasonable care would have resulted in its discovery. Similarly, a local government is responsible for injuries sustained by pedestrians as a result of unsafe conditions on a public sidewalk, or walkway street or highway because of negligent design or construction. The government has a duty to repair or warn about defects or other unsafe conditions created by third persons on its public sidewalks, walkways, streets, and highways which it knows or should have known to exist. In short, the government is responsible for reasonable care of its public pathways. The lawyers at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata and Siegel, P.C. have had cases against the government of the District of Columbia and for failure to maintain its roadways and failure to properly design its roadway. Accordingly, if you have a case of an injury caused by negligent maintenance of a sidewalk or roadway, call the lawyers at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C.

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