Work Zone Auto Accidents – Who is Liable?
- December 11, 2018
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Work zones are busy places with dangerous hazards. Although these zones are typically marked by signs, traffic devices, barriers or pavement markings, auto accidents still occur. It can be difficult to determine which party is liable for a victim’s injuries in a work zone auto accident. Therefore, it is in your best interest to contact an experienced car accident attorney to discuss your claim.
When is a Construction Company Liable for an Accident?
A construction company will be liable for an accident if:
- The construction company negligently set up a work zone site or if construction equipment owned by the company causes the accident.
- An employee causes the accident.
- The employee puts traffic warning signs for motorists in undesignated areas.
- The employee fails to clearly state which lanes are open for use.
- There were inadequate warning lights on construction vehicles and equipment that failed to warn drivers of their presence at night.
- There was excessive or improperly placed lighting in work zones that affected the vision of the other drivers.
- A construction worker strikes another vehicle while he or she is on duty.
When is the Driver Liable?
A motorist may be liable for a work zone accident if his or her negligence caused the crash. This can occur when a motorist:
- Collides with construction equipment or construction zone signs and causes one or multiple vehicles to crash into the first vehicle.
- Rear-ends another vehicle that is slowed down or stopped due to on-going construction work.
- Fails to see the warning signs, construction vehicles, equipment or construction workers and causes an accident.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a work zone auto accident, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Contact Rockland Injury Lawyers for legal assistance. We have been advocating for the rights of injured accident victims since 1958. We work hard to ensure you get justice. Call 845-709-8005 or 800-940-1799 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.