Road construction is very common on New Jersey roads and highways, and although construction projects may improve traffic flow once complete, the risks posed during construction are very real. Sudden changes in speed and drivers’ failure to heed posted warnings and signs can lead to serious accidents and injuries for both drivers and construction workers. When negligence at a New Jersey road construction site contributes to an accident, it can be complicated to establish exactly who was to blame and who has the right to take legal action.
Since 1981 the car accident attorneys and staff of Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C., have dedicated their legal careers to helping people who were injured as a result of the carelessness of others. Our main office is located in Teaneck, New Jersey. Call our New Jersey car accident lawyers today at (800) LAW-2000 or use our online form to receive a free initial consultation.
Work Zone Crashes
According to the New Jersey Department of Transportation, more than 42,000 work zone crashes occurred between 2002 and 2009. In 2009, 10 fatalities occurred in construction or maintenance zones, statistics show.
In 2008, the last year for which statistics have been published by the Federal Highway Administration, there were 720 work zone fatalities across the U.S.. That represented two percent of all roadway fatalities for the year. Four out of every five work zone fatalities were motorists. In addition, there were 40,000 injuries in work zones in that year. That works out to one work zone fatality every 10 hours (2.3 a day) and one work zone injury every 13 minutes (110 a day)
The location of many road construction sites is one of the main reasons they are so dangerous. Highways and intersections are dangerous in the best of conditions; add confusing signs, workers and sudden stops or changes in traffic flow and the hazards multiply. Construction detours also contribute to the problem when drivers are forced to make changes in their normal routes and travel on unfamiliar roads. Work zones can be especially difficult to navigate by drunk drivers, who are already suffering from impaired judgment.
Some of the accidents in work zones involve construction or highway workers. They may be hit by cars or trucks passing through the work zone or struck by construction vehicles. Other occupational injuries involve falls from scaffolding during bridge or overpass construction. Injuries during trenching and excavation activities are also common.
Work Zone Accidents and Your Legal Rights
If you or a loved one is injured in a road construction accident, you may have questions about what type of legal action you are allowed to take. If the injury was caused by negligence on the part of the owner or management company overseeing the site, you or your family may be able to file a claim against the responsible party. However, in order to protect your rights in such a lawsuit, you need an experienced attorney who understands road construction accident cases. Any type of construction site accident is considered to be complex litigation, because expert opinions must provide testimony regarding liability and damages. The lawyers at Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C. know New Jersey safety regulations and rules regarding construction sites, and we use that knowledge to evaluate each case.
Often when there are injury claims following a road construction accident, multiple parties will be involved. Sometimes more than one person or company is to blame – and an effective case will examine each party’s role in the accident to accurately present the facts and demonstrate liability. Many times attorneys are required to work and cooperate with OSHA and their team of government investigators.
At Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C., we look at each case carefully to determine the contributing factors. Some of the more common causes of road construction accidents that we have seen include:
- Poorly designed roads;
- Missing signage indicating road construction;
- Failure to warn about road conditions;
- Improperly placed roadblocks;
- Narrow lanes with no shoulder;
- Improperly secured roads.
We will complete a thorough investigation to ensure your case is handled efficiently and effectively. If you have been injured in a road construction accident, you may be eligible for compensation. We’ll work hard to make sure you receive the maximum amount allowable for injuries, medical bills, pain and suffering, and other expenses.
Experienced New Jersey Work Zone Accident Assistance
The work zone accident lawyers at Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C., have been helping people who have been injured in car accidents since 1981. We have handled thousands of accident injury claims, obtaining excellent results for our clients in many instances. Each case and the results vary, so we invite you to contact a car accident lawyer at our New Jersey or New York offices to discuss the specifics of your situation. If we take your case, you can be assured we will use all the resources of our law firm to develop a strong argument for money damages and other compensation for you.
To speak with a personal injury lawyer with many years of experience, contact our New Jersey or New York offices at (800) LAW-2000. We do not charge attorney’s fees unless we are successful in your case and our initial consultations are free.
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