If you or someone you love has been injured in an auto accident, you have legal rights and may be eligible for financial compensation. The first step an attorney takes when evaluating a civil claim is determining which parties are responsible for damages. In auto accident cases, the party found to be primarily at fault is responsible for compensating any victim. However, there are certain instances where it may also be possible to hold the city, county, or state liable for damages.
If you were involved in a motor vehicle accident, bicycle accident, or pedestrian accident because of an unsafe road condition or as a result of a government employee’s negligent or reckless actions, it may be possible to file a civil claim against the City and County, State of Hawaii or the United States.
The following instances may create liability for the City and County or the State of Hawaii:
• Defective traffic signals
• Unsafe road conditions
• Downed trees
• Negligent employees
Government entities have an obligation to provide reasonably safe roadways for the public and to employ competent individuals who will not pose an unreasonable risk to its citizens. Though each case is different and there is no guarantee, it may be possible for you to obtain financial compensation for medical and rehabilitation costs, loss of wages, and pain and suffering. It is important to note that cases against the city, county, or state can be very difficult, long and complex. Additionally, determining fault can be very difficult in government liability cases.
Our attorneys can advise you of your rights if you believe you have a liability claim against the city, county, or state.