How can Construction on Roadways Impact Drivers?
Motorists have to deal with construction sites almost every day. Small roads and large highways are constantly being expanded or improved upon to accommodate traffic. However, despite the benefits of construction, the risk of a motor vehicle accident is much higher when construction hazards or workers are on these roadways.
What are the Hazards of Roadway Construction?
What makes construction sites so dangerous? Construction sites use various materials or equipment to complete a job. Some of these items are larger than others and may require the workers to divert traffic, use areas of the road, or completely shut down roads.
Drivers passing through construction sites need to be vigilant of:
- Construction workers
- Redirected traffic
- Bumps, dips, potholes, or other pavement irregularities
- Other vehicles passing through the area
- Construction equipment, including trucks or plows
Can I Receive Benefits for a Roadway Construction Accident?
When a construction firm begins work on a roadway, they are taking responsibility for the maintenance of the road. The workers are charged with keeping the area clear for motorists passing through. Debris or equipment left in the roadway has caused catastrophic accidents, leaving people seriously injured or dead. If you have experienced an accident while driving through a construction site, you may need an experienced accident lawyer on your side.
Claims: You May Have More Than One!
Many drivers think of collisions with other cars when they hear the term "accident." However, road hazards can cause serious damage to just one vehicle. In the case of a roadside construction accident, you may have any of the following claims:
- Personal injury (if the accident was caused by negligence)
- Workers' compensation (if you were driving on the job)
- Premises liability (if the construction site wasn't properly maintained)
- Wrongful death (if a passenger was killed)
Claims for Construction Workers
Are you a construction worker who has been injured on a construction site? You may also have a workers' compensation claim. Visit our page on construction injuries to learn more about the legal protections these victims may have.
A number of claims can result from the injuries sustained in an accident as well. For example, if you are injured to the point of not being able to work, you may be able to collect Social Security Disability benefits. Insurance disputes may arise too, so consulting an experienced attorney is vital to resolving all issues of the law you may be dealing with.