Construction Zone Accidents
Whether you are taking a long trip on an interstate or highway or making a short commute to work, construction zones seem to pop up all of the time. While these zones are necessary to maintain and improve our nation’s roadways, they can be incredibly hazardous places for both the roadside construction workers and the drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists and other people who are traveling through. Despite warning signs, barriers and other efforts to direct and manage traffic at these sites, work zone crashes happen far too often. These types of accidents can result in very serious injuries and in worst case situations, fatalities may occur.
If you or someone you love has been hurt in an accident in or near a construction zone in the Fort Lauderdale area, you should speak with an experienced Fort Lauderdale auto accident lawyer as soon as possible. These types of cases tend to get complicated very quickly, so it is critical to have a trusted legal professional on your side who can protect your rights every step of the way. Hollander Law Firm offers clients over 25 years of experience handling serious car accident cases, including cases involving construction zone crashes. When you work with our team, we will carefully evaluate and investigate your case to identify all courses of legal action that may be available to you.Factors Contributing to Work Zone Accidents
While there are many different factors that can contribute to a construction zone accident, some of the most common factors include:
- Speeding – Speeding drivers can rear-end drivers in front of them who have slowed down, and they can lose control when forced to brake suddenly in a construction zone. Speed is a common factor in many different types of accidents, and accidents in construction zones are no exception. This includes driving above normal speed limits as well as driving above temporary speed limits posted for construction zones.
- Distracted driving – Distracted drivers may fail to notice warnings about upcoming construction zones, or they may fail to stop in time when vehicles in front of them slow down. While driving while distracted is one of the easiest mistakes to avoid, it is also one of the most-common causes of serious and fatal vehicle collisions.
- Drivers who fail to merge properly – Merging errors are also common driving mistakes that lead to accidents in and around construction zones. Oftentimes, drivers attempt to merge at the last minute in order to get in front of as many other vehicles as possible, and in doing so they sideswipe or clip another vehicle. Drivers who simply start merging without looking to make sure they have enough room are to blame in many accidents as well.
- Confusing road signs – While road signs are supposed to be helpful, in many cases they only serve to create greater confusion on the road. If you or another driver was confused and this led to a collision, then the government agency or contractor responsible for managing the construction site may be liable for your injuries.
- Unclear lane markings – The same is generally true of unclear lane markings. Whether old lane markings were not removed before construction began, lane markings are missing, or new lane markings do not adequately direct the flow of traffic, if you were seriously injured you may be entitled to significant financial compensation.
- Inadequate safety barriers and guardrails – Failure to install adequate temporary or permanent safety barriers can lead to dangerous accidents, as can the failure to install necessary guardrails before opening up a road construction site to traffic. These are also issues for which government agencies and contractors can be held legally accountable.
- Insufficient or poorly trained flag attendants – Flag attendants are responsible for ensuring that vehicles do not collide while traveling in opposite directions, typically when one lane of a two-lane road is closed. If they are not doing their jobs properly, the consequences can be devastating, and their employers can be held liable for accident victims’ losses.
- Lack of proper traffic management and control – Other issues pertaining to proper traffic management and control can lead to serious accidents as well. For example, establishing merging areas that are too short or that are not clearly marked with signage, failing to install barriers between lanes of traffic flowing in opposite directions, and failing to establish temporary speed limits are all issues that can cause and contribute to serious collisions.
- Construction debris – Many construction zone accidents result from debris on the road. Dirt, gravel, aggregate, and other types of debris can cause tires to lose traction and lead to loss of control. Falling debris from overpasses and construction vehicles can also cause serious accidents, including accidents resulting in traumatic brain injuries (TBI), other serious and permanent injuries, and fatalities.
In addition to evaluating the various factors that may have led to the crash, your attorney will also conduct a full investigation to identify all parties who may be held liable for your injuries. For instance, if you were injured while you were working on the construction site, you will most likely be eligible to file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. In addition, you may be able to pursue compensation from the negligent driver under his or her automobile insurance policy.
If you were a driver or a passenger in a motor vehicle, your recovery will depend upon the specific facts and circumstances of the accident. For instance, if you were rear-ended or side-struck by a vehicle that failed to properly merge in a construction zone, your Fort Lauderdale auto accident lawyer will most likely file a claim to recover compensation from the motorist(s) responsible for the accident. However, if the construction zone crash was caused by inadequate traffic controls, debris on the road, confusing signage or certain other factors, you may be able to pursue a claim for compensation against the construction company and/or the state, city or municipality.Hurt in a Crash in a Construction Zone? Contact a Fort Lauderdale Auto Accident Lawyer
Hollander Law Firm is committed to helping people who have been hurt in all types of motor vehicle crashes, including accidents that take place in construction zones. If you are a construction worker who was hit by a car, truck, motorcycle or other vehicle traveling through your work zone, or if you are a driver or passenger who was injured in a construction zone accident, we can help. Our auto accident law firm has offices conveniently located in Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. Call our offices today. (888) 751-7770