On our daily commute, nothing builds frustration faster than the emergence of orange cones, barricades and road closures. Construction or work zones slow down traffic dramatically and generally confuse people. They also create a potential hazard for motorists. Uneven roads, halted traffic and unclear (or lack of) signage can often lead to serious, even fatal accidents. According to the Federal Highway Administration, nearly 600 work zone fatalities occur every year. Eighty-five percent of those who died were motorists.
However, work zone accidents were not limited to drivers. The Federal Highway Administration states that 20,000 skilled workers are injured every year on road construction job sites and 100 of these incidents per year are fatal. For these reasons, there are very specific requirements that contractors must follow in implementing traffic control, to protect drivers, work zone employees, and the general public.
If you are a motorist or a worker involved in a construction zone accident, contact the construction/ work zone crash attorneys at McIntyre Thanasides Bringgold Elliott Grimaldi Guito & Matthews, P.A. as soon possible. Our attorneys have experience investigating, litigating, and taking to trial cases involving work zone crashes. The sooner you let us start investigating the facts of your crash and injuries, the better your chances of receiving the compensation you deserve.
Automobile crashes in work zones are often the result of a number of factors including: failure to implement proper traffic control; negligent driving behaviors; poor road conditions; changes in the flow of traffic; and misplaced construction equipment. If any of these factors contributed to your automobile accident, it’s critical to seek medical attention, if needed. After that, it’s important to seek the help of a personal injury attorney to establish the details of your case and determine liability.
For the many construction workers who help build and repair our nation’s roadways, there is great potential for danger. Work zone crashes may result from several factors including lack of proper traffic control, reckless drivers, and collisions with construction equipment. With workers being so close to traffic, many of these accidents result in serious injury.
There a number of laws that govern construction work zones. Seeking a skilled and experience work zone accident attorney is vital if you are involved in accident. Contact McIntyre Thanasides Bringgold Elliott Grimaldi Guito & Matthews, P.A. at 844-511-4800.