Confusing road signs, multiple lanes of traffic suddenly merging into one, bright lights... construction zones aren't just dangerous for the workers. Texas is in the top three states in the nation in terms of most motor vehicle crash fatalities in construction and maintenance work zones. In 2013, Texas experienced 104 crash fatalities in work zones.
We represent individuals who have been seriously injured in highway construction zones. Each construction project has an established written plan that must be followed by the contractors and subcontractors working on a project. When this construction plan is not followed, construction workers and the drivers are exposed to a high risk of injury.
If you were involved in a car accident at or near a construction zone, we invite you to contact a San Antonio car accident attorney at Wyatt Law Firm to discuss representation.
What causes motor vehicle accidents in construction zones?
The hazardous nature of construction zones mean that there are many different ways car accidents can occur in or near them. Among those causes are:
- Incorrect or improper signage and warnings: As a responsible driver, you know how important it is to slow down in and around road construction areas. However, if you're not given a reasonable warning that you're approaching road construction, an accident could occur. The federal government, as well as the state government of Texas, have laws that establish what signage, warnings and barriers must be used and how that those must be laid out within a construction to provide drivers proper warning that a road construction project or a dangerous condition is approaching.
- Failure to maintain roads during construction: Road construction often creates road hazards such as uneven pavement and road surfaces that aren't safe for vehicles or motorcyclists. Regulations and standards exist that define whether certain conditions are drivable or not, such as a limit on how uneven a road can become before access must be blocked or how high an edge drop off can be before signs and barricades are required. If a construction company allows cars to travel on an unsafe road and an accident occurs, the construction company could be held responsible.
- Unsafe turns and insufficient speed warnings: Good drivers will always take appropriate action to reduce vehicle speed when there's a sharp turn in the road or other issues that may create unsafe driving conditions. When road construction requires vehicles to make sharp turns or navigate around construction, proper signage and barricades are required. If the construction company failed to install proper barricades or a sign indicating reduced speed was necessary or the posted speed was too fast for the road conditions, the construction company could be at fault.
- Failure to protect construction workers: The rules and regulations concerning construction projects are also established to protect the workers that work within those construction zones. If you are injured while working in a construction zone, another contractor or subcontractor that didn't follow the regulations and standards might be responsible for your injuries.
These types of car accidents are avoidable. Injured individuals may be able to file claims against the construction company, city, or other entity for failure to maintain a reasonably safe premises.
Construction Site Auto Accidents: Facts & Statistics
The following statistics have been compiled by data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Federal Highway Administration, and the National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse.
- Fatalities in construction work zones averaged 669 from 2007 to 2012.
- Between 2003 and 2013, Texas ranked at the top of the list for construction worker deaths in work zones with 131 fatalities.
- In 2013, 66% of roadway work zone fatal occupational injuries were traffic-related.
- Work zone car accidents account for under 2% of all motor vehicle crashes (U.S., 2010). Out of these accidents, 30% result in injury and .6% resulted in fatality.
12% of all work zone injuries are caused by transportation incidents
What To Do If It Happened To You
Don't let construction companies that take short cuts go unpunished. If you were injured in an accident, and that accident occurred in or near a construction zone, we invite you to contact a San Antonio car accident lawyer at Wyatt Law Firm. We represent accident victims throughout Texas in their most critical moments. Work zone car accidents can be severe and have the potential to change your life forever.
If this happened to you, contact us today for a free review of your case!