Road construction in the Pittsburgh area seems never ending and can be a real pain. Highway and road construction zones can sometimes be confusing … signs may be misplaced or not fully visible, necessary mergers may sneak up on drivers and barriers can make the road extremely narrow in some cases.
Oftentimes car accidents or collisions occur in a construction zone due to poor management of the worksite. People can be seriously injured through no fault of their own. While safety is a priority for PennDOT and other state and national highway departments, accidents still happen – and sometimes they are preventable.
Unfortunately, if you have been injured in a car accident while driving or riding in a construction zone – you are not alone. Nearly 2,000 work zone car accidents occur each year in Pennsylvania, and over half of those result in injuries and fatalities.
While many of these car accidents may be the fault of the driver or another vehicle, there are cases when the fault lies with the construction company or highway department for not properly managing traffic through the construction zone or neglecting to make the work zone safe.
In these cases, people can often collect money for their injuries through legal means. Read: Allegheny County Jury Awards $15.8 million dollars to Family of Victim Injured by Work Zone Crash
Causes of Construction Zone Car Accidents
While unsafe driving and speeding through construction sites are more often the cause of accidents, several things can happen that are not the fault of the driver. There are Road Construction Safety Laws that are supposed to be followed.
When repairing highways and roads there are many things to consider and sometimes they get overlooked. Workers fail to use caution, there is a miscommunication on the worksite or the entire project could be mismanaged, disrupting traffic and causing confusion among drivers.
Some common causes of an accident in work zones include:
- Missing or inadequate signage in the construction zone area
- Misdirecting traffic
- A lack of advanced warning signs that give drivers enough time to slow down and merge
- Construction vehicles colliding with other vehicles or dropping objects onto vehicles
- Debris from the construction zone on the road or highway
- Not enough barricades or misplacement of barricades
- A shortage of space between vehicles, such as a semi and an SUV
- An incomplete or defective repair
- Construction equipment that is too close to the road
If you have been injured in a construction zone accident, call for a free legal case evaluation immediately. Call today – the more time that lapses, the more difficult it will be to build a strong and winnable case.
Work Zone Accidents – Who is At Fault?
If an accident occurs due to any of the above causes, many times it is difficult to find out who is to blame. Maybe it was the independent contractor who didn’t follow state or federal safety regulations.
Between the construction company, the independent contractor or federal and state agencies like PennDOT, it may be difficult to prove who was at fault. This is where a skilled attorney can be of use – in identifying who was at fault and holding the responsible party accountable.
These state and federal highway agencies are by law supposed to provide a safe work environment for their workers and drivers. If they fail to do so, they may play the finger pointing game, blaming another party or the motorist. But they should be held accountable and an experienced personal injury attorney will help determine who was at fault.
How Our Attorneys Can Help
An aggressive attorney can investigate the matter and find out what really happened – by interviewing witnesses and other motorists, collecting evidence, examining police reports and medical records and getting expert advice from accident reconstruction experts.
Our skilled attorneys will try to find out whether proper signage was used, whether the work zone was hazardous, whether the speed limit signs should have been lower, or if debris or other construction equipment was obstructing the road or visibility. Whatever the cause, we will make a full investigation.
The experienced car accident lawyers at SMT Legal can help you to build a strong and winnable case against the negligent party responsible for your injuries.
Injuries from a dangerous construction zone accident should not be your responsibility.
We will help you fight the agencies and their insurance companies who have lawyers of their own. We will fight for the maximum compensation you deserve.
We offer free case evaluations and can speak to you by phone or email, in person at our office or even visit you at home or in the hospital.
Do not waste any time in contacting us – the sooner you call, the sooner we can start building a winnable case. In some circumstances you may have only a limited window of time by law to file a claim against a state or local agency for your injuries.
Our Pittsburgh car accident attorneys are here to help answer your questions about getting the maximum compensation owed to you, including:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Rehabilitation costs and home health care
- Lost wages
- Retraining for another profession if you are unable to drive or do the type of work you previously were paid to do
- Emotional distress
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of quality of life
- Wrongful death
Our Pittsburgh Personal Injury Lawyers can work to prove who was at fault and how you can get maximum compensation for your injuries. If you or your loved one were the victims of a serious car accident injury or wrongful death while traveling through a work zone in Pennsylvania, you may be able to collect compensation for injuries, pain and suffering, and lost wages. The car accident injury attorneys at SMT Legal can help you in fighting for the money you deserve. Contact us today.
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