These days, we can’t seem to drive a few feet in Woodland Hills without running into a construction site or construction truck. With all of the development around the Warner Center, it may be years before our roads are back to normal! So what happens in you are injured in an auto accident that was caused by one of construction sites or vehicles? In California, you have legal rights.
Work zone accident statistics
Auto accidents in work zones are quite common. In 2013, over 67,523 crashes were estimated to have occurred in work zones. It is very easy for a distracted driver who takes their eyes off the road for “just a second” to miss important signs about lanes merging, speed limit reductions, and more. Additionally, work crews often leave materials, debris, and other items in the road, causing cars to swerve dangerously. If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident caused by construction work, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer to discuss your rights and potential for financial recovery.
Causes of motor vehicle accidents in construction zones
The hazardous and constantly changing nature of construction zones means that there are many different ways car accidents can occur in or near them. These causes include:
- Incorrect or improper signage and warnings.
- Failure to maintain roads during construction.
- Unsafe turns and insufficient speed warnings
This list is not exhaustive. To discuss your potential case, reach out to an accident attorney who understands local and state law.
What to do if you’re injured in a work zone accident
If you are injured in an auto accident that was not your fault, you have the right to seek financial compensation for your injuries and any property damage. This means that if another driver causes the car accident, you can file a claim against him or her. Same goes for the construction company that was responsible for your crash. Don’t let construction companies that take short cuts go unpunished. If you were injured in an accident, and that accident occurred in or near a construction zone, you will want to discuss your next steps with Woodland Hills attorney Barry P. Goldberg. Contact him today for a free, no obligation consultation.