Road construction can range from a minor annoyance to a major obstacle, but road improvement projects are meant to improve the safety and function of roads. Unfortunately, road construction can pose significant risks for drivers and construction workers alike. Our Toledo personal injury attorneys are here to give you a closer look at what you need to know if you’ve been injured in a road construction accident.
What Can Lead to Road Construction Accidents?
There are countless causes of road construction accidents, but some are far more common than others. Both drivers and construction workers can be injured in these accidents, which is why it is especially critical that these causes are avoided and the danger is minimized. Some common causes of road construction accidents include:
- Poor road conditions. During and after construction, drivers may need to face uneven pavement, poorly marked roads, narrow lanes, and more. Accidents caused by poor roads are generally the responsibility of the private owner or government entity in charge of maintaining the road.
- Inadequate warnings and signage. Speeding cars are one of the greatest dangers when it comes to road work, so it’s critical to give drivers appropriate notice so they can safely slow down and approach the work area.
- Poor construction layout. When changing the shape of the road for construction, it’s important that workers and those planning the construction ensure all temporary and permanent changes are still safe. Sharp curves, sudden merges, and more can make it difficult for drivers to navigate safely.
- Trucks leaving and entering the roadway. Construction often requires heavy trucks and equipment to leave the site and join the flow of traffic, but this can take other drivers by surprise. These accidents can be harmful to drivers of both trucks and cars.
- Equipment failures and accidents. Much road construction requires the use of heavy machinery and other equipment. Workers can be injured when they don’t wear the appropriate safety gear, follow procedures, clearly mark hazards, or operate vehicles in a safe manner.
Filing a Road Construction Injury Claim
If you’re planning to file a personal injury claim, you should be prepared to prove several factors of your claim. These facts are:
- The defendant had a duty to maintain the safety of the construction zone.
- The defendant failed in their duty and allowed the construction area to become unsafe.
- The failure to maintain a safe area caused your injuries.
You must not only prove that the defendant was negligent, but also that their negligence caused your injuries. Our Toledo personal injury team will take the time to thoroughly investigate your accident and work with cutting-edge technology to demonstrate the key facts of your accident. If you’re a construction worker who was injured in a traffic accident while working, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation. Your on-the-job injuries should be covered, but you may also be eligible for a personal injury claim, as well. Our Toledo injury lawyers are ready to help you choose the best option to suit your needs. At Williams DeClark Tuschman Co., L.P.A., we have more than 100 years of collective experience to support you and your claim. Schedule a free consultation with our compassionate, highly skilled team today and discover how we can help.