Road construction proves to be both dangerous for drivers and construction workers. If you or a loved one has been the victim of an accident due to an unsafe work zone or other type of road construction, consider filing a claim. You can recover damages due to negligence with the help of a personal injury lawyer. Continue reading this blog to learn more about road construction accidents and some accident statistics.
Given the inherent danger of road construction, especially in high traffic areas, OSHA created a lengthy safety guide that outlines mandatory road-worker precautions.
Some of the most important are:
External traffic control – OSHA provides guidelines on how to manage public traffic during road work. This basically boils down to temporary traffic control (TTC). TTC guidelines attempt to maintain a safe and efficient flow of traffic, even with closed lanes.
Internal traffic control – OSHA guidelines help workers coordinate construction-related vehicles within and outside of the construction zone.
Transition and advanced warning areas – Construction workers have to set out warning signs and transition cones at certain distances to ensure safe merging and flow of external traffic.
High visibility safety equipment – OSHA requires high visibility apparel, usually including a vest and helmet with bright coloring and reflectors
Emergency planning and response – Lastly, well trained workers can react to mitigate danger to workers and other drivers.
Construction Accident Lawsuits
If your accident was caused by a lapse in safety planning by road workers, you may have a claim against the city, county, state and / or contractors. Contractors usually carry million dollar liability coverage, and government entities are usually self insured.
One of the most important aspects is liability. Your lawyer needs to show that negligence or an OSHA violation caused your accident. Sometimes, this is extremely clear. Other times, this may require an engineering expert report or accident reconstruction to prove.
If liability is clear or accepted, these cases are extremely strong and likely to settle before court.
Construction Accident Lawsuit Loans
Depending on the nature of the accident, construction accident lawsuits can involve large settlements. Deep pockets mean that getting a lawsuit loan should be relatively easy, so long as liability is clear. Lawsuit lending companies may want to see proof of liability.
Sometimes, proof of liability can be as simple as a traffic accident report, but for complicated accidents caused by construction work, funders may require an expert report.
So long as liability is clear, approval extends up to $100,000+ for qualified cases.
National Road Construction Accident Statistics
- Car accidents involving pavement-edge drop-offs result in roughly 160 deaths and 11,000 injuries every year.
- Highway work zones have killed at least 4,700 Americans (which is more than two a day) and injured 200,000 in the past five years.
- About 85 percent of these fatalities are motorists, not workers.
- Each year, there are over 40,000 injuries in work zones.
- About one work zone fatality occurs every 10 hours.
- About one work zone injury occurs every 13 minutes.
Uplift Legal Funding
If you have been injured or lost a loved one due to a work zone accident, consider filing a claim to seek the compensation you deserve. This compensation will help cover your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, etc. Uplift offers car accident loans to plaintiffs nationwide. Learn more by giving us a call at (800) 385-3660 or apply online.