Road construction companies are required to keep the streets and highways under construction safe for use and efficient flow of traffic. While road repairs and improvements are necessary, they can often take a long time and roads may be in various stages of construction for some time. In many cases, it is not feasible to completely shut down a road or highway while construction is underway. In such situations, construction companies must take steps to direct and protect motorists using the roads by make adjustments in the roadway traffic control. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has reported1 that more than 87,000 crashes took place in road work zones in a single year, many of which caused serious injuries to motorists.
Both motorists and construction workers can cause collisions
As you pass through a construction zone, road work zones generally have lowered speed limits and other strict regulations intended to keep workers safe. This is the responsibility of the roadway construction company and their crew to properly mark, direct and warn drivers with traffic control signs. In fact, be aware of other drivers who may not obey the safety rules in a construction zone, and the negligent construction workers or company that do not properly warn and mark the construction zone.
Construction workers can be negligent in many ways that can lead to collisions, which can include:
- Leaving equipment or obstacles in roadways;
- Pulling vehicles out into traffic lanes;
- Not properly warning motorists of road work or not properly directing traffic;
- Not marking lane closures;
- Improper roadway markings and signs in the construction zone;
- Allowing materials to fall into the roadway;
These are a few of the many ways that a construction crew can cause a car crash in a road work zone.
Contact an experienced Dallas car collision attorney as soon as possible
If you have sustained injuries in a crash that occurred in a road work zone, determining who was negligent and should be held liable may be complicated. At the Dallas law firm of Clements & Clements, we have the knowledge and resources to handle even the most complex personal injury cases arising out of motor vehicle collisions. We stand up for the interests of injured individuals who may not know where to turn, so please do not delay in calling 214-827-1122 to schedule a free consultation with our office today.
Texas, along with many other states, provides significantly enhanced penalties for drivers who speed or violate other traffic laws in a road construction zone. These penalties—which can sometimes be double the original fine—are intended to prevent negligent driving through construction zones to protect construction workers from injury. However, construction crews also have a duty to act to in a reasonably safe manner in order to prevent injuries to passing motorists.
If you have suffered injury in a car accident in a work zone due to the negligent acts or omissions2 of a construction crew, you should contact the experienced construction injury attorneys at the Dallas office of Clements & Clements as soon as possible. We are dedicated to helping injured victims receive the compensation they deserve, so please call us today at (800) 750-1126 for a free consultation.
Common types of construction negligence
Construction crews and drivers are often expected to share the road, with construction actively taking place as traffic passes by. As you can imagine, if a construction crew is unsafe, this can result in serious accidents and injuries to both workers and motorists alike. Additionally, accidents may occur in work zones when there is no construction crew present at all. The following are only some of the ways that construction crews can act negligently to cause injury:
- Failing to properly warn oncoming motorists of lane closures, lane changes, one-lane roads, sudden stops or delays, uneven pavement, and other possible dangerous road conditions.
- Not installing adequate barriers to block the traffic from the construction workers and the work zone.
- Leaving debris, vehicles, or other objects in the roadway that can cause a collision.
- Workers walking out in to oncoming traffic with no warning.
- Cranes or similar equipment dropping objects in the roadway or even on top of cars.
- Not properly posting lower speed limits for construction zones.
When construction crews are negligent, the responsible company or manager should be held accountable for any damage or injury that results. Taking on a corporation in court can be intimidating, so you always want to have an experienced personal injury attorney assisting you with your case.
According to the United States Department of Labor division of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)1, over 20 percent of all workplace fatalities occur on construction sites. Construction sites are, by nature, unstable since complicated building structures are in various stages of completion. If you have suffered injury at a construction site2, the experienced Dallas personal injury lawyers at Clements & Clements can help you recover. Please do not hesitate to call our office at 214-827-1122 or 1-800-750-11216 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.
Most common construction accidents
OSHA refers to the top four work place injuries among construction workers to be the “Fatal Four.” The Fatal Four workplace inuries are as follows:
- Falls—falls usually occur from ladders, scaffolding, or other heights and can cause catastrophic injuries.
- Being struck by an object—because many construction sites involve workers in high places, falling tools and other heavy objects are common and may hit other workers below.
- Electrocutions—construction sites often have unfinished electrical systems, ungrounded wires, and other conditions that can cause electrocutions and burns.
- Being caught in between materials—with cranes and other machinery swinging large pieces of material around, many workers can get caught in between materials and can be crushed.
Many of these injuries arise from construction companies or supervisors not sufficiently complying with safety standards set by OSHA. These standards are meant to keep workers safe and if a worker is injured because his employer allowed dangerous conditions on the site, he deserves to recover for all of his injury-related losses.
In addition to construction workers, other people passing by construction sites may suffer injury. For example:
- Motorists injured in collisions with construction vehicles on highways or because construction crews failed to properly warn of possible road hazards
- Pedestrian accidents3 or bicyclists hit by falling objects
- People caught in collapsing trenches or holes in the ground
These are only a few examples of how passersby may suffer injury in construction accidents. If you have been injured by any condition at a construction site, it is highly important that you consult with an attorney who is experienced in this type of case, as these claims may involve complexities not at issue in other types of personal injury cases.
Please do not hesitate to call our office at 214-827-1122 or 1-800-750-11216 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation so we may discuss your workplace injury with you.