As any driver in Southern California can attest, our roads and highways are always “under repair”. While these construction zones not only slow down traffic, adding to your already slow drive home from work, they can also be a safety hazard to both the construction workers and the drivers trying to maneuver safely around them. According to the Federal Highway Administration, auto accidents in work zones are not uncommon. Indeed, of the more than 37,000 work zone accident-related injuries reported, many involved passing motorists.
Road Construction-Related Auto Accidents
Sometimes, road construction can lead to dangerous road conditions and, as a result, serious auto accidents. Take the recent and tragic case, for example, of a young pregnant woman who was patiently sitting in her car when a gravel truck overturned and crushed her and her unborn baby to death. In another case of a California construction-related auto accident, a 25-year-old woman died of injuries she sustained in a two-car collision when a male driver lost control of his car after striking a raised center median near a construction zone. Perhaps the driver who hit you was trying to avoid unsafe road work, and the city or another corporation involved in the construction may also be liable for your injuries.
Examples of unsafe road work conditions include:
- Trash, objects, and tools out in open lanes of traffic
- Improperly secured work zones
If you or a loved one was injured in an auto accident caused by construction work, whether directly or indirectly, speak to an experienced personal injury attorney today.
Construction Workers Injured by Auto Accidents
Just as unsafe road work conditions may lead to car accidents, negligent or careless drivers may injure construction workers. Generally speaking, when workers are present, a driver must slow down and take other reasonable precautions to avoid causing injury to the workers. Failure to do so could cause injury to the construction worker, making the driver liable for damages.
If you are a motorist or construction worker who has suffered an injury caused by an road-work related auto accident, know that California law and attorney Barry P. Goldberg are on your side. You may be able to recover financial compensation for the injuries you suffered, time you were forced to take off of work to recover, and more. To discuss your potential personal injury claim, contact auto accident attorney Barry P. Goldberg and his team of legal professionals today.