100,000 Work Zone Accidents Per Year
Did you know there are more than 87,000 car accidents in construction zones every year? While the fatality rate is low, roadways under construction contribute to a surprisingly high number of annual injuries.
Construction zones are prime targets for wrecks. The car accident lawyers at the Dixon Injury Firm fight for victims to make sure they and their families are fairly rewarded.
Proving Negligence in a Work Zone Accident
The crux of any work zone crash or fatality is proving negligence. As experienced car accident lawyers, we know how difficult it is for victims and their families to manage finances after a collision or fatality. Regarding medical expenses, car repairs, loss of life, and other concerns, it’s our job at Dixon to make sure you get the compensation you deserve.
It’s important for road construction victims to reach out to a car accident lawyer as soon as possible. Not only do you have a possible claim against other involved drivers, you may have a case against the construction company itself.
Work zone accidents are almost always avoidable. They are the result of poor planning, debris that wasn’t properly cleared, and other negligent acts.
Common Causes of Road Construction Accidents
There are a number of reasons you can be tangled up in a highway construction wreck. According to the Work Zone Management Program, here are a few:
- Improper Signage — We’ve all been in a confusing construction situation. Whether it be a failure via a municipality or the construction company, poor signage can easily lead to pile-ups or other highway accidents between cars and construction workers.
- Temporary Conditions — Construction zones often include uneven pavement, sharp turns, or other hazards. A lot of accidents involve uneven ridges between split roads. Each state has different highway construction rules regarding road conditions and parked machinery (the latter of which is the second leading cause of wrecks).
- Construction Negligence — A construction company may be considered negligent if it fails to follow safety procedures. In a personal injury case, this could mean compensation for pain and suffering, property damage, medical expenses, and loss of life.
- Driver Negligence — On the other side of the coin, drivers themselves can be just as negligent by, for example, driving at the normal speed limit when signs clearly mark a slow zone. It’s crucial for construction companies to properly mark work zones and for motorists to follow instructions. Alcohol is a factor in a quarter of the cases, seatbelts in another quarter, and speeding in yet another.
- Additional Hazards — You also need to consider inclement weather, low visibility, heavy traffic jams, and debris on the road or shoulder. These risks are often the cause of distracted driving accidents.
In many states, construction zone fines are doubled to encourage drivers to follow easily overlooked, temporary rules, such as staying on one side of a solid line. These changes can lead to additional distractions.
The Federal Highway Administration states that, in 2015, a work zone related accident occurs every 5.4 minutes. On average, nearly 500 people are injured and 12 are killed each week due to construction zones. Of those, about 20 percent are construction workers. The Dixon Injury Firm help survivors and victims’ families seek compensation to make sure these accidents are accounted for. Overall, these numbers mean that about 2 percent of roadway fatalities are linked to work zone accidents.
According to the Association for Safe International Road Travel, more than 37,000 people are killed and 20-50 million disabled or injured every year in road crashes. This tallies to billions spent on health care, repairs, and other financial damages It’s very important for victims and their families to open claims to make sure the cause of an accident — if not avoided entirely in the future — doesn’t go unpunished.