Highway construction zones may be necessary for improving and maintaining our roads, but they often pose serious hazards for both drivers and workers. A combination of heavy equipment, narrow lanes, construction workers, and fast-moving cars, is a recipe for accidents. If you are an Arizona highway worker or driver who was injured in a construction zone accident due to another individual’s negligence, you may be able to collect damages. In most instances, the Phoenix construction zone accident attorneys at Torgenson Law can recover compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Call (602) 726-0747 today to schedule a free consultation.
Potential hazards that commonly contribute to highway construction zone accidents include:
When these types of hazards lead to accidents, the result is often serious injuries or fatalities. In 2017 alone, there were 94,000 construction zone crashes in the U.S., according to the National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse.
There is no one clear answer to the question of who is liable for a construction zone accident, as it will vary pursuant to each situation. The legal principle of negligence does apply, however, and those who breach their duty of care are responsible for any damages.
Construction companies, their crew, managers, or contractors, may be liable if they did not take the necessary precautions to ensure the safety of those in the vicinity of a construction zone. Companies and site managers have a duty to make a construction zone safe, both for employees and the public, by not creating dangers and also warning of potential dangers that may exist. Additionally, construction companies can generally be held vicariously liable for the negligence of their workers and subcontractors.
There are times when the actions of a driver may cause an accident. If, for example, a driver was distracted and crashed into equipment or another vehicle that properly slowed down or stopped. In those scenarios, the negligent driver is at-fault and shall be responsible for injuries and property damage.
After an accident, your car accident lawyer will gather all of the evidence surrounding the incident and piece together what happened. By studying the police report, your car or the site damage, the accident scene, and witness statements, your Phoenix personal injury lawyer will be able to determine which parties may be liable. In the aftermath of an accident, the last thing you want to do is to spend hours sifting through documents and records, or arguing on the phone with an insurance company. Not only can a construction zone accident lawyer in Phoenix help you get a bigger settlement, but their help with handling each detail of your case will allow you to focus on recovering from your injuries.
One of our experienced and respected construction zone accident attorneys will work with you to pursue all legal options to gain compensation for you and your family, including through third-party personal injury and/or workers’ compensation claims. Reach us online or call (602) 726-0747 for a free consultation.