Each day, across the nation, hundreds of new construction zones are started this bringing on a new set of dangers for motorists who will be crossing through these dangerous areas. Although construction zones are usually areas with lower speed and signage to warn of dangers, car accidents are still a common occurrence.
Working on construction in of itself is a dangerous occupation, while moving vehicles become an additional danger to both construction workers and motorists driving alongside the work zones.
According to the Ohio Department of Public Safety more than 5,100 car collisions were work-zone related throughout the state, the majority of which resulted in property damage and serious personal injuries. The United States Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in 2012 reported that there were 87,606 work zone crashes. Additionally, further studies note that between 2000 and 2008, of all fatal work-zone accidents, 25% involved large trucks.
There are a number of hazards found at construction zones that could quickly lead to an accident, including:
- Materials Nails, Screws, Loose Supplies
- Uneven Roads
- Gravel, Sand, Etc.
- Uneven Roads
Furthermore, the number of vehicles entering and exiting the area, such as bulldozers and dump trucks, could also be the cause of accidents with motor vehicles and even construction workers.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction zone accident caused by a careless driver, the victim may be entitled to compensation for property damage, medical expenses, lost wages, and more.