Various types of situations can lead to car crashes in construction work zones. Many times in these zones lanes are closed off, creating a bottleneck of traffic. In such instances, vehicles, especially on highways may not slow down or stop quickly enough. Add to this equation the possibility of driver distractions due to cell phone use and other distractions, and you have a potentially deadly combination.
Crashes in work zones have seen an increase in recent years. Approximately 96,626 crashes occurred in work zones in 2015. This represents a 7.8 percent increase from 2014, and a 42 percent increase since 2013.
Construction zones often include detours to help drivers find and use alternate routes to get to their destinations. However, detours can confuse some drivers due to the fact that they direct traffic in a sometimes unnatural direction – for instance, having vehicles move into lanes that normally consist of oncoming traffic. Sometimes construction zones with narrowed lanes can have obstacles or barriers in or close to the roadway from construction activity that must be carefully avoided by drivers. Drivers who speed through these zones run the risk of hitting construction crew workers or construction equipment.
You may be entitled to compensation if you have been injured in a construction zone car crash. There are several items to keep in mind concerning construction zone accidents in addition to the common protocols to be followed after these crashes.
Steps to take after a construction zone car accident
Regardless of the type of car accident in which you are involved, whether it is in a construction zone, or elsewhere, there are a number of steps you should take:
- Provide the police with a report and honest account of what occurred.
- When communicating with the construction crew or other drivers about the crash, only speak about factual items. At this stage, avoid making an admission of fault due to the fact that you may not actually be at fault and may need to file a personal injury case at some point.
- Exchange contact and insurance information with other drivers involved in the crash.
- Take photographs of the accident scene at different angles, including the damage, the conditions on the road at the construction zone, any signage, and your own injuries, if any. These photos can serve as strong evidence in your case.
- Obtain statements from witnesses to the accident.
- Get medical care as soon as possible – it’s advisable to do this even if you don’t feel any pain after the accident. Any pain you feel later on down the road from an unknown injury suffered in the crash may not be included in your claim if you wait to have a medical check until later.
- Before you ever communicate with another driver’s insurance company, consult with your own experienced car crash attorney first. Your attorney can handle communication between you and the insurer, as well as any attorney for the other driver. A skilled lawyer can build a strong case on your behalf to help you obtain the compensation you are owed for your losses.
If you believe the construction zone itself was flawed in its setup and contributed to the crash, you should convey this information to your attorney who can assess the incident and provide you with legal options going forward.
Unfortunately, car crashes in construction zones do occur and the consequences sometimes involve serious injuries to vehicle occupants. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to a construction zone car accident, our attorneys at Yeboah Law Group have your back with strong advocacy to help you obtain the compensation you deserve to pay mounting bills and expenses. To schedule a free in-depth case evaluation, call our office at 1-800-TELL-SAM or complete our contact form to schedule a free consultation.