Highway construction projects are a common sight across the United States, and sadly, sometimes things go wrong. Serious highway construction accidents lead to possible injuries and fatalities not only for the drivers of the vehicles involved but for on-site workers and pedestrians as well.
According to a set of highway construction accidents related data provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), every day, on average, 3 people lose their lives in highway construction accidents and each year, more than 40K people get injured in work zone crashes.
In recent years, the primary causes of highway construction fatalities were:
- Runovers/Backovers: 48%
- Collision Between Vehicles/Mobile Equipment: 14%
- Caught in Between/Struck by Construction Equipment and Objects: 14%
Road work accidents could be prevented if the necessary measures were adopted at the appropriate time. However, there are always chances that something might go wrong.
The common causes of highway construction accidents include, but are not limited to:
- Driver distraction caused by the construction itself
- Inadequate warning about lane changes
- Absence of warning signs
- Incorrect speed limit signs
- Slippery substances spilled on the road
- Insufficient highway division, line stripping, and edge lines
- Equipment problems
- Debris from the construction site or fallen objects on the road
If you were involved in a highway construction accident caused by someone else's negligence, you can seek compensation for your damages and losses. Construction companies, independent contractors and anyone who failed to provide safety on the construction site, can be held accountable for the outcomes of the accident. Under the various scenarios possible, you may be entitled to damages including the costs associated with medical care, lost income, and other losses. Contact O'Brien & Zehnder Law Firm to schedule a free consultation, we are ready to discuss your case and know how to investigate highway construction accidents properly.