Accidents can happen anywhere, and auto accidents in work zones happen once about every 5.4 minutes. In Texas alone, 22,000 traffic crashes occurred in work zones in 2020. These accidents resulted in 186 deaths and 680 severe injuries.
Following a work zone auto accident, you’ll want to contact one of our Houston auto accident attorneys.
Common Causes of Work Zone Accidents
Just like any crash, work zone accidents are prone to be caused by issues like distracted or drunk driving, reckless driving, sudden merging, and extreme weather events.
However, there are also conditions unique to work zone accidents themselves:
- Improper/missing warning signage
- Debris left out by workers
- Runoff from the worksite that’s commonly caused by sleet or rain
- Drivers colliding with stray equipment
- Poor road conditions
Who May Be Liable for Construction Zone Accidents?
In many car or truck accidents, there’s usually just one driver that’s at fault and any settlement comes from that party’s insurance company. In the case of construction zone accidents, however, determining liability can be more complex.
In some cases, there may even be several drivers involved, which makes the process more complicated. Additionally, a construction company or government agency can potentially be liable.
A construction company or government body may be liable under the following conditions:
- Failure to guide traffic as needed
- Failure to properly mark temporary lanes that drivers can use
- The failure to provide signage for a dangerous road or area
- Left out equipment or debris on the road
- Inadequate signage that fails to warn drivers
Following an accident in a work zone, your best bet for receiving compensation is by working with an experienced car or truck accident attorney.
Filing a Claim Against a Government Entity
Filing a claim against a government entity offers a host of unique challenges. Some of these challenges include a limited time to file and limitations on a person’s ability to sue. If you suspect that an accident has happened due to a government entity’s negligence, then having an experienced attorney on your side is often the best route to take.
Workzone Crash Compensation
Following an accident in a work zone that was no fault of your own, you’re entitled to seek compensation. Although most people think compensation only covers expenses such as fixing or replacing their vehicle and paying their medical bills, compensation can actually cover a wide array of damages, including:
- Pain and suffering
- A loss or reduction in quality of life
- Temporary or permanent disfigurements
- The development of conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Lost wages and reduced earning power
- In the case of wrongful death, funeral expenses
Avoiding Work Zone Crashes
Following a crash in a work zone that wasn’t your fault, you should never be made to feel guilty or that the accident was your fault. However, there are some general tips you can follow to help prevent an accident from happening.
- Pay close attention: When on the highway or interstate, it’s common for drivers to enter a sort of “auto-pilot” mode. Avoid this by making sure you’re staying concentrated on what’s happening on the road.
- Slow down: When entering a work zone, be sure to always slow down and follow the posted speed limit. This will both help you avoid possible hefty speeding tickets and crashes.
- Allow for extra time: One issue that drivers run into when entering work zones is that they may end up speeding simply because they’re late for work or an event. To avoid this temptation, give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination.
Get Compensation for Your Work Zone Accident With Help From Lapeze & Johns
Accidents can happen anywhere and this includes in a work zone. While you’re entitled to compensation, navigating the process of a work zone accident can be difficult.
Lapeze & Johns can help with the process. We have a team of experienced Houston auto accident attorneys ready to give you the proper legal representation.