Construction zones are perilous for the drivers passing through. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, nearly half of work zone crashes in 2014 resulted in a fatality or injury. Due to road closures, lack of warning signs, and construction vehicles, construction zones alongside the highway can be particularly dangerous for motorists. An expert construction accident lawyer at Foley Law Firm, serving Stroudsburg and Scranton, PA, will collect every parcel of evidence and navigate the convoluted legal system to make a convincing claim in your construction accident lawsuit. As a result, you could be fully compensated for your injuries.
Causes of Construction Zone Accidents
There were more than 96,000 work zone accidents in 2015, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. On average, a work zone crash took place approximately every five and a half minutes. More than a quarter of the time, at least one person got injured, and nearly twice a day a work zone crash caused at least one fatality. What are the causes behind these alarming statistics?
- Uneven surfaces – Minor differences in road surfaces are usually manageable, however, steep drops can destabilize even a large vehicle
- Poorly marked lanes – Especially problematic for drivers entering a highway, poorly marked construction zones can lead to confusion
- Merging – Although maintenance vehicles are large, it can be difficult to see them entering or exiting the highway
- Driver error – Speeding and distracted driving, such as using a cell phone, can cause construction zone accidents
- Dust and debris – Dust and debris reduces a driver’s ability to see where they are going, increasing the likelihood of an accident
- Inclement weather – Rain, fog, ice, and other inclement weather puts drivers in a precarious position, as there is rarely any room to pull over and wait in a construction zone
The time of the crash, amount of traffic, equipment in the area, barriers, and signs, among other evidence, will often play a key role in the outcome.
Establishing Liability in Construction Zone Accidents
Depending on the circumstances, there could be one or more responsible parties in a construction zone accident. Possible liable parties include:
- Driver – Sometimes the driver, due to their negligence, is legally responsible in a construction zone accident. There is an expectation that a driver will reduce their speed and obey signs in a construction zone. If they fail to do so, they are not exercising reasonable care behind the wheel.
- Construction company – If the construction company fails to clearly mark detours and put up barricades, they may be legally responsible for failing to meet work zone safety guidelines.
- Government entity – Private entities are not the only ones who may face repercussions. If faulty signs direct motorists into a hazardous area, the liability can fall on the local government.
How a Construction Accident Lawyer Can Help
While the type and severity of injury varies from one accident to the next, there are numerous injuries regularly seen in construction zone accidents: traumatic brain injury (TBI), spinal cord injury, nerve damage, and amputations, to name a few.
No matter your injury, at Foley Law Firm, we will work to gather all evidence surrounding your accident to piece together exactly what happened. The time of the crash, amount of traffic, equipment in the area, barriers, and signs, among other evidence, will often play a key role in the outcome. We will study police reports, witness statements, and photographs from the scene of the accident to determine who is liable for your injuries and property damage. In the end, you may be eligible to receive compensation including:
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Past and future medical bills
- Lost wages
- Diminished earning capacity
Schedule a Consultation with Foley Law Firm
At Foley Law Firm, we protect the rights of victims in construction zone accidents. We offer compassionate legal representation and work tirelessly to help you recover damages for your injuries. To learn more, contact our website or call (800) 523-6539 today.