Car Accidents in Construction Zones
Virginia Car Accident Lawyers
You might think that most work zone accidents involve construction workers. In reality, construction zones create additional hazards for commuting traffic as well. In 2010, nearly 90,000 avoidable traffic accidents occurred in work zones across the nation, accounting for 1.6% of all car wrecks in the United States that year. At best, construction work is inconvenient for drivers; at worst, it can be dangerous.
To prevent car accidents, contractors and subcontractors should maintain safe construction zones. Common safety practices include:
- Warning signs, posted far enough in advance to notify drivers of the work zone
- Clearly marked transition zones that direct traffic safely through the road work
- A safe lane that is wide enough for motorists to pass through
- A second transition zone that clearly directs cars into the flow of traffic
According to law enforcement, texting while driving is responsible for 32% of construction zone car accidents. In other words, nearly one third of work zone accidents are caused by distracted drivers. Other common factors include speeding and aggressive driving. Sometimes, accidents occur when a driver refuses to follow construction site traffic patterns. If your car accident was caused by careless driver, our Virginia personal injury attorneys can help you recover compensation for your medical bills and noneconomic damages.
Work Zone Traffic Accident Statistics
In a work zone, accident liability can fall on contractors, subcontractors, workers, and negligent motorists. According to a study conducted by the Federal Highway Administration, 38.4% of construction zone collisions are rear-end accidents, 22.8% involve fixed objects, and 15.8% are sideswipe accidents. The majority of accidents occur between 8:00am and 4:59pm. Only a small percentage of work zone car accidents are fatal (0.6%), but 30% involve personal injuries.
If you suffered an injury or the loss of a loved one in a construction zone car accident, the Virginia car accident lawyers at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. can help you understand your options through a car accident claim or lawsuit. Contact us today to see what our team can do for you.