No matter how careful you drive or how much you pride yourself on being a safe driver, there are inevitably factors associated with driving that you cannot control and that can increase the risk of getting into car accidents. While some of these factors include the possible negligent or reckless behavior of other drivers on the road, others include poor roadway conditions, such as poorly or illegally set up and maintained construction zones.
Construction zones are a common facet of city driving, as existing roadways are improved or expanded or new roadways are constructed. Although these areas may result in slower traffic, particularly during rush hour, in the worst cases, they can cause car accidents when any of the following are involved:
- Poorly or improperly marked detours
- Lack of signage (or signage that is poorly visible) regarding changed speed limits, temporary road closures, etc.
- Malfunctioning signals at intersections (especially when the power needs to be turned off at some stage of the construction)
- Construction equipment or debris not being properly contained, which can lead to either equipment or debris in the roadway
- Lack of roadway shoulders for vehicles to pull off on (in the event a vehicle breaks down near a construction zone)
- Lack of crosswalks or curbs for pedestrians to safely occupy
- Lack of drainage venues for runoff, rainwater, etc. to clear out of the roadway.
Additionally, when construction zones in roadways involve construction to an overpass or other type of roadway that is above ground level, there is an increased risk of construction materials being dropped and falling on vehicles passing under this work.
Liability for Construction Zone Accidents
Some of the parties that may be held legally liable for construction zone accidents, depending on the circumstances of the accident, include:
- The engineer responsible for overseeing the job site
- The specific construction worker responsible for the element that caused the accident
- The company that employs the responsible construction worker
- The city, county or other entity responsible for hiring the construction company that is performing the work.
Lone Tree Car Accident Attorneys
If you have been injured in or have lost a loved one in a truck accident, car accident or in any type of traffic accident, you are encouraged to consult with the motor vehicle accident lawyers at the Law Office of Mike Hulen, PC. Meeting with one of our esteemed attorneys as soon as your health is stabilized can ensure that you ultimately have the strongest case possible, as waiting will start immediately running out the statute of limitations for your case and could even result in the loss of critical evidence.
Our trusted Lone Tree personal injury and accident attorneys have a proven track record of successfully handling car accident cases, wrongful death suits and other types of personal injury lawsuits, and we are experienced at helping victims and their families secure the maximum possible settlement for their losses. We encourage those who think they may have a claim to meet with us for a free initial consult to learn more about their legal rights and to receive a thorough evaluation of their case. Call us at (303) 932-8666 to get your case started at no upfront cost.