CONSTRUCTION SITE CAR ACCIDENTS
DRIVERS AND CONSTRUCTION WORKERS BOTH FACE DANGERS WITH ROAD CONSTRUCTION SITES
Most of us see it every day going to and from work. Construction crews working on our roads so our highways can be improved and accommodate our growing population. For many of us, these areas with cones, barriers, and detours add up to the inconvenience of traffic and delays reaching our destination. Unfortunately, these construction sites can also cause accidents for drivers and/or construction workers. In fact, individuals are seriously injured or killed every year due to construction site car accidents.
CAR ACCIDENTS DUE TO CONSTRUCTION SITE NEGLIGENCE
Construction sites usually include detours, uneven road conditions, unclear lane or pavement markings, workers, trucks, equipment, pedestrians and distracted drivers. All of these factors can throw a driver out of their element and can cause an accident.
- Decreased visibility: It is common for construction work to stir up dirt, dust and other debris into the air that may decrease the visibility of a driver
- Warning signs: There needs to be an adequate advance warning of upcoming construction. These signs are provided so the driver can be aware of the upcoming obstacles, road conditions, and speed that is required for safety.
- The accuracy of signs: The wrong sign can be the difference between safely driving through a construction zone and a head-on collision with another vehicle.
- Construction debris and material: This can be as small as construction material left on the road or as big as equipment or a construction vehicle. Anything that forces a driver to swerve out of the way and possibly cause an accident in the process.
WHEN A ROAD CONSTRUCTION WORKER IS HIT BY A CAR
Because roads are not traditionally closed during road work, construction workers must do their job while traffic is driving by. These workers must operate equipment and work all day just feet (sometimes inches) away from speeding cars, trucks, SUVs and buses – many of which do not slow down when driving by. Bad driving habits only increase the risk of an accident and can result in hitting and often killing a road worker.
- Not following the directions or speed limit for the construction zone
- Reckless driving and improper lane changes
- Distracted driving: Checking emails, eating, checking social networks, texting while driving, looking for a song on a playlist or anything else that gets your eyes off the road.
Construction site car accident cases are unique because there may be several parties that are negligent. Hiring a law firm that understands these types of cases can help identify the parties that are at fault so you and your family can receive the financial compensation that is truly deserved. The Fort Lauderdale accident attorneys at Madalon Law have been helping construction site car accident victims throughout the state of Florida. Our firm will give you a free consultation and gladly answer any questions you may have about your construction site car accident.