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Accidents at hidden stop signs: Who is liable?

| May 9, 2021 | Car Accidents

When someone runs a stop sign and hits your car, you’re likely sure that they were solely at fault for that accident. They needed to stop at the intersection, they failed to do so, and now you have medical bills to pay. Shouldn’t they have to cover those bills?

But, what if the other driver says they never saw the stop sign in the first place? They claim that they would never have caused the accident if they’d known they had to stop, but they had no idea the stop sign was even there because it was hidden behind some kind of obstruction. How is that their fault?

There could be multiple liable parties

It is true that drivers need to be aware of their surroundings and obey all traffic signs. Just overlooking a stop sign does not necessarily mean that driver isn’t at fault, even if they’re being honest about the fact that they didn’t see the sign. 

That being said, it’s possible that the driver who hit you wasn’t entirely at fault: When signs are hidden behind foliage, installed in the wrong places or missing entirely, some of the blame for your wreck may fall on the city or the local government. They’re obligated to provide well-designed and well-maintained roads. Defects like missing or hidden stop signs can put everyone in danger, and it may very well mean that the other driver couldn’t do anything to avoid the crash. 

When you’ve been involved in a complex car accident

Make sure you’re well aware of your options and what steps you should take to get the compensation you deserve. When you aren’t sure who is liable for your injuries, it’s wisest to discuss your situation with an attorney. They can help you pursue all avenues.

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