It is common knowledge that construction sites are dangerous places for workers because of the nature of the work. It is one of the most prevalent causes of debilitating injuries, on par with car accidents. According to the website of SC lawyer Goings Law Firm, LLC, there are times, though, when these two factors combine and result in a whole new set of dangers for construction workers and motorists alike.
Road construction work zones spring up whenever maintenance or repair work is needed, and this usually entails elaborate precautions such as warning signs and hazard lights. This is because unlike other types of construction work, roads cannot be closed off while the work is ongoing, so vehicles continue to pass. Unfortunately, construction crews sometimes fail to provide adequate warning signs, drivers fail to observe these warning signs, or drivers choose to ignore them, leading to one work zone accident every 14 minutes in the US. A majority of the total work zone accidents occur during the day. Lots of roadway repair projects are done over the summer months, so it is important that people observe extra caution during those months to reduce the risks of harming a road worker.
While a majority of these construction site accidents involve property damage only (69%), a significant number entail injuries (30%), and some fatalities (546 in 2010). Most of those injured were construction workers. For 2010, for instance, 20,000 out of the 37,476 injured were members of the road crew.
The number of work zone accidents is directly proportional to the number of work zones in an area. A state like Massachusetts, for example, whose road conditions are not top of the trees, road work crews are quite frequent in the major roads of the state. This may mean more work for Massachusetts car accident lawyers, but hopefully just for property damage.
However, for those who are seriously injured or killed in a road construction site accident, it would be a complex issue to prove causation in order to get compensation. It is recommended that in such situations, competent legal representation experienced in personal injury or wrongful death cases is retained to handle it.