Most of the time, highway work zones do a good job of warning drivers about the potential risks and pitfalls associated with roadside construction, at least so far as legal warnings and speed limits go. While it is easy to notice bright signs saying that fines and penalties are going up or warning you to protect workers, it can be harder to understand the full range of risks that come up when you drive in work zones.
According to the Federal Highway Administration and the CDC, the vast majority of fatal accidents in work zones do not actually involve workers. In fact:
If you are driving on the highway, these facts mean a few things:
First and foremost, stay calm. Follow the same procedures you would normally follow in terms of contacting authorities, assessing injuries, and responding safely. It’s also important to document the order of events for future litigation, because it is very likely that there will be further legal action in work zone crashes, especially if there is an injury to another driver or to a worker. Depending on the situation and the findings of a police investigation, this documentation can help you to prove that you are not liable for the accident. In the event that you are injured, it can also help your case if your attorney is able to receive an independent and well-documented timeline from you.
Accidents in construction zones can be both severe and legally complex. If you are hurt in one, it is important to get relevant advice that fits the needs of your particular case. That’s why you need an experienced personal injury attorney who understands the importance of an equitable resolution when there has been a severe accident.