I was in an accident due to faulty traffic lights, can I sue?
Faulty traffic lights are rarely seen but do happen. Wires can short circuit or poor weather conditions such as rain and snow can damage a traffic signal, causing all lights to go out, a single light to go out or problems with phasing. A driver must always be cautious and alert of other vehicles, since accidents pose a greater risk at this time.
Due to dangerous circumstances, it would be hard to determine who exactly is at fault in an accident. Most probably the case would be 50% your fault and 50% the other vehicles fault. If it is deemed to be someone else’s fault, it is possible to sue beyond the limits of no fault. If you were injured in a car accident, Under New York’s no-fault insurance laws, even if it was your fault, you will receive coverage for medical costs, hospital bills, prescriptions, lost wages and a number of other related expenses.
For more information on no-fault insurance claims, read Everything You Need to Know about New York’s No-Fault Car Accident Insurance
If you want to report a broken traffic signal, call 311. Make sure you have the exact location of the problem, and any other details you can provide. The New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) contractors are required to arrive at the scene of the most serious problems within two hours of notification.
If you were in an accident because of a faulty traffic signal, contact the Long Island personal injury attorneys at Goldstein and Bashner. Our experienced and dedicated attorneys will listen and help you get the compensation you deserve. Our office provides free consultations to answer all your questions and lets you know what to expect from the legal process.