Whether you work on a construction site or are driving through a road work zone, a car collision can leave you injured, traumatized, and wondering what to do next. Regardless of how your work zone accident occurred, a Lexington personal injury lawyer can help identify the at-fault parties to pursue monetary compensation.
Two men from Eastern Kentucky died in a construction site crash in Tennessee after a semi-truck plowed through the work zone. According to WKYT, the two males – one 22 years old and the other 30 years old – were contractors from Ohio-based A&A Safety and worked for the Tennessee Department of Transportation. A third contractor who is also from Kentucky was hospitalized after the construction zone crash on I-40. The two men were killed after a semi drove through the closed work zone. The vehicle collided with a crash cushion truck, a Tennessee Highway Patrol officer’s car, and struck the three construction workers. The THP officer sustained non-critical injuries as a result of the work zone car accident.
Liability in Construction Site Car Accidents
According to this report, each year nearly 800 Americans die in work zone crashes across the country. Causes of construction site car accidents range from driver error to inadequate signage and poor roadway design. Regardless of whether a work zone is privately or publicly managed, government agencies, contractors, subcontractors, and other parties must ensure safety for all roadway users. That means that contractors, engineers, and other parties involved must have traffic control plans and proper signage to ensure that the roadway is safely navigable for all motorists. Also, there must be alternate routes that need to be carefully and clearly designed and communicated.
Depending on how your work zone car crash occurred, there could be multiple at-fault or partially liable parties. Since it is the responsibility of government agencies, on-site engineers, contractors, and sub-contractors to keep everyone safe in a work zone, they can be held liable for your broken bones, back injuries, and other injuries sustained in a construction site car accident.
Are Drivers Always at Fault for Work Zone Crashes?
If you were working on a construction site at the time of the crash, you might be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. If you, on the other hand, was a driver whose vehicle drove through the work zone, do not be surprised if other parties put the blame on you. While it may seem that a motorist whose vehicle plows through a work zone is solely responsible for the crash, that is not the case if the accident occurred because the work zone was poorly designed, there were unsafe road conditions, inadequate signage, or other dangers and hazards that contributed to the crash. If that was the case, the government agency overseeing the work zone as well as its contractors, engineers, members of the road crew, and sub-contractors could be held at fault for causing your personal injury. Also, it is not uncommon for motorists to crash even when construction has been completed. Poor road conditions or hazards as a result of negligent road construction or inadequate maintenance may cause preventable collisions.
Speak with a Lexington personal injury lawyer to recover damages for your injuries if responsible parties failed to exercise due care and were negligent. Here at Roberts Law Office, our attorneys can help determine fault in your work zone crash and pursue compensation. Receive a free consultation by calling at (859) 231-0202.