Tough Representation When Construction Zone Accidents Occur
Every driver understands that road construction is part of the daily commute. But commonplace work is no excuse for disregarding the safety of others. In fact, the opposite is the case. Because construction zone work is done so often, there are laws and rules that govern how this work should be done to ensure the safety of everyone in and around the job site. Sadly, these rules are often disobeyed and the standard of care is frequently subpar. Between 2008 and 2013, there were more than 100 fatal construction zone accidents yearly – according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
At Crandall & Pera Law, we are ready to fight for all the damages you deserve. We represent construction workers, highway maintenance workers, engineers, supervisors, truck drivers, passenger car drivers, motorcycle operators, pedestrians, and anyone who was hurt or the family of anyone who was killed. Our lawyers understand how to try cases before juries and how to negotiate claims with insurance adjusters. Our track record of success includes multiple million-dollar jury verdicts and settlements.
Why Do Construction Zone Accidents Happen?
Construction zone accidents happen in one of two areas. The first is in the area where the work is being done. The danger here is mainly to workers and pedestrians. The second is in the area around the zone where people drive, where the danger is to the workers or visitors on site.
Some of the many reasons accidents happen in construction zones are:
- Failing to have proper road signs, including detour signs and signs alerting drivers to the fact that construction work is ahead
- Failing to properly mark the entire construction area
- Failing to indicate the proper lanes of travel for drivers
- Failing to have crews guide traffic while the work is being done
- Failing to clean up debris that falls into the driving lanes
- Failing to address merge issues
- Speeding by drivers
- Distracted driving
About 70 percent of road construction zone deaths happen between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. according to U.S. Department of Transportation statistics
Who Is Responsible?
Many people and businesses can be responsible for accidents when workers are repairing the highways. Some of those that may be liable are:
- The owner of the construction site
- Construction site supervisors
- Contractors and subcontractors
- The city or the state that had the duty to oversee the roads being fixed
- Individual drivers and the owners of the vehicles
Non-employees or their surviving dependents can bring a personal injury claim or a wrongful death claim against anyone or any business that was responsible for the accident.
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We fight to get clients their full benefits. In personal injury claims, we seek compensation for all medical bills, medications, medical devices, lost wages, physical pain and emotional trauma. We also demand damages for scarring and disfigurement. Contact us at 855-444-6651 to discuss your case for free or complete our contact form for an appointment. We have offices in Chesterland, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus, Chagrin Falls and Lexington.