As drivers, we have a responsibility to take caution when on the road, especially when encountering road construction areas. Unfortunately, no matter how careful the driver, accidents still occur and sometimes by no fault of the driver. In fact, in 2014, it was reported that more than 200,000 injuries and 4,400 deaths had occurred in work zone areas within a five-year period. If you or a family member has been in a car accident due to road construction or workers on a site, a qualified personal injury lawyer in Kentucky can help you seek compensation for your injuries.
Construction Company Negligence
Like any other type of business, road construction companies make mistakes and don’t always work responsibly. When these companies neglect to follow appropriate guidelines for ensuring driver safety they can be held responsible for the subsequent injuries and damage. Common examples of construction company negligence can include the following:
- Neglecting the safety of motorists
- Improperly cordoning the construction site
- Failure to properly cordon the work zone at all
- Careless workers who leave equipment unattended
- Workers who carelessly step into traffic
Keeping Construction Areas Safe
Construction companies have an obligation not just to work on the road but also do so in a way that isn’t dangerous for drivers. Although many car accident injuries occur as a result of the drivers’ own actions or neglect, such as failing to buckle up or just not paying attention, construction sites and those working on the road can cause accidents as well. For instance, construction companies are required to use channelizing devices such as cones, warning lights, and barriers, to alert drivers and protect workers. If the proper devices are not used, the construction site can be responsible for various accidents, injuries, and issues, for drivers and workers.
Road Construction Injuries
Road construction accidents can be particularly dangerous not just for drivers attempting to maneuver through the work zone, but also for the workers on the construction site. Injuries can be severe – even leading to death. If you are in an accident due to road construction, you could face injuries ranging from broken bones to whiplash and even long-term injuries such as paralysis, brain injury, and spinal cord injury. Road construction accidents are serious accidents for anyone involved.
Do I Have a Road Construction Accident Case?
Even if you aren’t sure if your accident occurred because of the construction company’s neglect, it’s important if you have been in an accident that you consult a qualified road construction accident lawyer in Kentucky. Attorney Bradley D. Harville is experienced in dealing with construction companies and car accidents and can help you figure out the best options that are available for you.
Road construction accidents can be the most complicated types of accidents, and many of the professionals involved in construction and their insurance companies won’t have your best interests in mind. You don’t have to attempt to navigate the process on your own. Call Harville Law Offices for a consultation at (502) 245-2333 or contact us online immediately.