Construction Zone Accidents
Construction work is often necessary to keep our roadways functioning. However, unfortunately, many work zones on roads, such as thruways, pose danger to passing cars and others that can result in serious injuries or even death. According to the National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse, 842 people died in work zone-related crashes in 2019.
If you were injured in a car accident in an unsafe construction zone and are looking for a lawyer, call William Mattar P.C. Our experienced accident attorneys can help you hold at-fault parties accountable and help you obtain maximum compensation. Contact us at (844) 444-4444, or complete our online form to schedule a free case consultation today.
The Hazards of Construction Zones
Construction work is often necessary to maintain and repair damaged roads, especially after a rough winter weather season. Over time, potholes and general disrepair may require an area, or zone, to be marked off for construction. Work zones are frequently separated by channelization devices, such as cones and other markers, to direct traffic. Drivers must often travel through narrow paths or lane to avoid work zones.
Many construction zones are on open roads, such as city streets and highways. Hazards can arise when traffic must navigate around these areas. Potential dangers in and around construction zones, such as misplaced or unclear traffic signs, fallen construction cones, loose materials or debris, and equipment. Poor lighting, particularly at night, can make work zones dangerous for even the safest drivers.
Work zones are not just dangerous for drivers and pedestrians. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), construction workers are at heightened risk of fatal and serious injuries working in and around a jobsite. Passing motor vehicles as well as construction vehicles and equipment within the work zone pose a risk of injury.
Types of Construction Zone Accidents
Construction zone accident:
- Sideswipe accident: A sideswipe accident – with a construction vehicle construction equipment, or an adjacent vehicle – can occur in a work zone. This is because traffic can be redirected around work zones through dangerously designed lanes.
- Accident with traffic mechanisms: Collisions with traffic devices and control mechanisms can also occur due to construction zone activity, which can nclude poorly placed signs, cones, lights, and barrels.
- Construction equipment accident: Construction equipment and machinery, when located in the wrong location, can also pose hazards for passing motor vehicles.
These types of accidents can be time-sensitive, and there may be limited time to file a claim. If you’ve been injured in a work zone accident, contact us today to get started on your case.
Compensation for a Construction Zone Accident
Victims of construction zone accidents may be entitled to financial compensation. If you’ve suffered a serious injury in a car accident – caused by a construction or work zone hazard – you may be able to obtain compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, or pain and suffering. Depending on the details, you may be able to assert a claim against the municipality or company responsible for the hazard and/or work zone.
Every case is unique, so speak to an accident attorney today who can help determine your options for compensation.
Injured in a Work Zone Accident? Call William Mattar, P.C. Today.
If you have been injured in a work zone car accident, contact William Mattar P.C.. Our car accident attorneys can help you file a claim and obtain maximum compensation after your accident. Schedule a free initial consultation today – just submit our free consultation form or call our offices at (844) 444-4444. Our legal team is available 24/7 to answer any inquires you have.