The state of California has both its own pathway and repair construction agency, commonly known as “Caltrans.” Caltrans falls underneath the California Department of Transportation (“DOT”) and manages California’s highway system, including both the Expressway System and California Freeway. Caltrans is also involved in the state’s public transportation systems.
Of the many automobile accidents that occur throughout California, some are caused by conditions of the roads, and in many instances, due to falling objections or debris from Caltrans workers.
If you have been involved in an automobile accident which was triggered by the negligence of contractors or state Caltrans employees, speak to an attorney who can help you receive any compensation you may be entitled to.
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION’S RESPONSIBILITES
Caltrans is responsible for making repairs on the roadways. It is also responsible for warning drivers of dangers or treats on the roadway. When Caltrans is aware of a danger and fails to disclose and warn, this is considered reckless and negligent.
In addition, the organization is required to fix the freeway when necessary, to repair and provide highway guardrails, and repair any missing or damaged medians. When construction zones are set up, the organization is required to warn drivers of the dangers. This means that drivers must be advised when hazards such as sinkholes or open trenches are present.
Additionally, Caltrans is required to give appropriate training to all their employees and personnel. The failure of Caltrans to satisfy their duties can lead to serious injury and even death.
POTENTIAL DANGERS CAUSED BY CALTRANS NEGLIGENCE
Caltrans may be held liable when an accident and subsequent injury is caused by the state’s construction, repairs, failure to meet warning requirements, metro department, etc.
Examples of dangers which may commonly be caused by Caltrans negligence include the following:
- Potholes: When a pothole goes unrepaired it can lead to lasting and significant damage.
- Objects Falling: Falling concrete, dust from cement or construction, or other materials can fall and create an accident.
- Repair Vehicles: Caltrans has a significant amount of repair vehicles on and around roads throughout California. When these repair vehicles do not have their supplies, equipment, cargo or chemicals controlled and secured properly, they present a risk for accidents.
- Manhole Covers: When Caltrans fails to install a proper covering for a manhole or trench, it can create a hazard to drivers and pedestrians. An uncovered manhole can cause significant damage to a vehicle and injuries to passengers, or even cause a pedestrian to fall leading to injury or death.
COMMON INJUIRES RELATED TO CALTRANS NEGLIGENCE
Caltrans negligence can lead to a variety of injuries. These injures can range from minor to severe. Common examples include the following:
- Damage to car frame
- Blown tires and bent wheels
- Broken windows and windshields
- Scratches and dents
- Head wounds
- Abrasions and Lacerations
- Damage to eyesight
- Hearing loss
- Disfigurement and amputation
- Lasting psychological trauma
SEEK HELP IF YOU HAVE SUFFERED DUE TO CALTRANS NEGLIGENCE
If you been involved in an accident caused by Caltrans negligence, you may be able to receive compensation for your damages. Reach out to a qualified attorney at Silva Injury Law who can represent you and your rights and ensure the responsible parties pay for your damages.