Work Zone Accidents
on February 20, 2014 by George Panagiotopouloson February 20, 2014
It seems that everywhere you go there is work being performed on the roadways. Work zones can be an inconvenience to drivers, but they can also be extremely dangerous. If you or a loved one has been injured in a work zone, it is essential to confer with an experienced personal injury lawyer to learn your options for recovering compensation for your damages suffered.
If you are a worker in a work zone, you are acutely aware of the dangerous conditions. The Associated General Contractors of America (AGCA) reports that approximately 38% of highway construction workers have had a motor vehicle mistakenly enter their work area. Almost half of these workers reported it happening three or more times during a single construction season.
What you may not realize, however, is that work zones are also dangerous for vehicle occupants. In fact, the AGCA found that motorists who have a collision in a work zone suffer a higher rate of injury than the workers. It is estimated that 50% of the vehicle occupants were injured in the work zone accidents, while the workers were injured approximately 18% of the time.
While there is no formula for keeping workers and motorists safe in a work zone, workers should always wear a hardhat and bright-colored clothing to be more visible to drivers. Additionally, all traffic should be re-routed and slowed down when traveling near workers using barriers, barrels, cones or other traffic control devices. The most important tip for motorists is to slow down and stay alert while driving through work zones.
Parties who are injured in a work zone may have numerous parties that are liable to them for their injuries. Thus, a personal injury attorney at Slater, Tenaglia, Fritz & Hunt can review the circumstances surrounding your accident and help determine the parties that should be held accountable for your medical bills, lost wages and other damages.
At Slater, Tenaglia, Fritz & Hunt we take your injury seriously. We are aggressive in pursuing the full and fair compensation you deserve from the negligent party that caused your accident. To schedule your complimentary initial consultation, contact us by phone at (201) 820-6001 in New Jersey or (212) 692-0200 in New York. We can also be found on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+, Youtube and on the Internet. All personal injury cases are handled on a contingency fee basis, which means you do not pay our fees unless we recover for you. Contact us today!