Who is Responsible for an Accident Caused by Road Construction? 3 Possibilities and 5 Tips for Safer Navigation

May 8, 2023

Who is Responsible for an Accident Caused by Road Construction? 3 Possibilities and 5 Tips for Safer Navigation

Cones separate a truck from a construction zone

There’s plenty of construction in the Los Angeles area.

Construction is frequent with the rapidly growing Metro Rail System. The D Line extension will cost an estimated 9.5 billion dollars, with a goal of completing the project prior to the 2028 Olympic Games.

The line is expected to help Angelenos get from DTLA to Westwood in under 25 minutes. This is in contrast with frequent travel times of over one hour via car on the 110.

Although the public transit construction is designed with the idea of getting more cars off the road, there are still a lot of travelers who commute across Los Angeles by automobile. Maybe you’ve even seen various work zones on your way to work, the grocery store, etc.

These zones can be dangerous for many reasons.  More often than not, zones have slower speed limits and increased traffic that stems from the lower driving speed.

Construction zones are hotbeds for accidents. 55 percent of all work zone fatalities took place at construction sites, and 62 percent of deaths were drivers of motor vehicles

These types of accidents can be the fault of either the driver, another vehicle, or those working at the construction zone.  Determining fault in an accident will vary depending on each individual incident.  

A construction zone may be at fault for: 

  • Not putting up traffic signs, such as an updated speed limit
  • Not setting up proper barriers, such as cones
  • A construction worker creating a distraction or interference in the road

A driver may be at fault if: 

  • They do not slow their speed 
  • They don’t follow traffic patterns
  • They ignore posted signs

You may also find yourself in a construction zone accident with another automobile. Common causes of accidents may include:

  • Speeding too fast or driving to slow through a construction zone
  • Sudden stops
  • Trying to change lanes
  • Ignoring other traffic signals
  • Not following signage in the construction area

Cones from a construction zone.

The California Department of Transportation offers tips for driving through areas similar to these:

  • Do not speed.  Follow the posted work zone speed limits
  • Be cautious of construction workers
  • Avoid using your phone, or other distractions
  • Expect delays
  • Be ready for lane shifts

If you were involved in a construction zone car accident, you may be entitled to compensation for any injuries.

Driver’s of any car that were hit by another vehicle may have been injured in ways such as:

  • Back injury
  • Whiplash
  • Head trauma
  • Broken bones or serious injuries to your upper body
  • Broken bones or serious injuries to your lower body
  • Internal injuries such as bleeding or muscle damage

If you are a worker injured in an accident due to the negligence of a non-employed person driving an automobile, you may be suffering from one or more injuries, including:

  • A traumatic brain injury
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Cuts and lacerations, such as a severe wound or deep puncture travels through the skin and into muscle or nerves
  • Chronic back pain
  • Broken neck
  • Paralysis
  • Wrongful death

Being involved in a car accident in a construction zone can add another layer of stress. You may feel like your situation is worse. 

The Southern California accident attorneys at C&B Law Group are here to help ease that pressure. From helping gather evidence to communicating with insurance companies, our lawyers are invested in your case. 

Our team works on a contingency fee basis, so you do not pay us unless we win.

With clients across various parts of Los Angeles and Southern California, we strive for excellence. Our over 99 percent success rate at settling cases is just a small part of the passion and commitment to excellence we strive for with our clients.

Contact C&B Law Group now about your free consultation.

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