Roads and highways are often under construction, either to build new stretches of road or to add lanes or even just to repair winter weather damage and wear and tear on the roadway. Governments prefer to keep roads under construction or repair as open as possible for motorists, which means that road construction workers must work in close proximity to moving vehicles. Work zones that redirect traffic can also easily confuse motorists. As a result, work zones rank among one of the most dangerous places in the country for both workers as well as drivers.
How Drivers Cause Work Zone Car Accidents?
Work zones require drivers to slow down through the area, as road works often involve shifting or narrowing lanes and other temporary alterations to traffic patterns. However, these temporary changes may confuse or distract a motorist, who may be used to the normal traffic pattern on the road. Some of the most common causes of work zone car accidents caused by drivers include:
- Tailgating, or following too closely
- Failing to yield the right of way
- Unsafe lane changes, including failing to signal or check mirrors and blindspots
- Distracted driving, including cell phone use while driving
- Drowsy or fatigued driving
- Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
Because illegal or unsafe driver behaviors puts construction workers and motorists and passengers at risk of an accident, traffic ticket fines are usually multiplied when the infraction occurs in a road work zone.
Ways that Construction Workers Can Stay Safe in Work Zones
When states conduct road works, some of the ways that they try to keep construction workers safe from car accidents include:
- Scheduling construction work to take place at night or during times of lesser traffic
- Requiring workers to wear high visibility vests and personal protective equipment
- Where possible, placing temporary concrete barriers to separate the work zone from moving traffic
- Installing temporary signage that prepares motorists for changes to traffic patterns, such as lane closure or lane shifts and detours
- Utilizing law enforcement to patrol work zones, which can deter motorists from engaging in unlawful or unsafe behavior while driving through work zones.
What Are Your Legal Options if You Were Injured by a Work Zone Car Accident?
A construction worker injured on the job in a road work zone may have several options for recovering compensation for their injuries, including filing a workers’ compensation claim with their employer for benefits such as medical care and partial wage replacement, as well as pursuing a personal injury claim against the driver at fault for the accident.
If you are a motorist or passenger who was injured by another negligent or reckless driver causing a car accident in a work zone, you may be entitled to recover compensation for losses such as:
- Vehicle repair bills
- Costs of medical treatment or of long-term care for disabilities caused by your injuries
- Lost wages or income, and loss of future earnings if you cannot work again
- Pain and suffering
- Lost enjoyment or quality of life
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