Auto Accidents in Construction Zones
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Construction zones have the potential to transform otherwise safe sections of roadway into locations where serious car accidents can occur. That’s not only because road and highway construction can create hazards or debris in and of themselves, but also because they are disruptive to the flow of traffic and the motorists who travel through them. When other drivers are negligent, the risks for wrecks in these zones can also increase.
While victims of preventable auto accidents have a right to recover financial compensation for their damages, that compensation is never guaranteed. This is especially true in cases involving auto accidents in construction zones, which can create challenges in terms of proving the fault and liability of a responsible party, and which are often handled by corporations and insurance companies keen on minimizing payouts to victims. Given these issues, victims harmed in these accidents should work with proven and experienced attorneys.
At Cunningham Bounds, LLC, our Alabama trial lawyers have recovered billions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for our clients, including those who suffered injuries and losses in all types of preventable car accidents. If you or someone you love has been injured in an auto accident in a construction zone, our proven legal team is here to help. Call (251) 299-0101 or contact us online for a FREE consultation.
Construction Zones & Increased Roadway Hazards
Auto accidents in construction zones can be caused by many potential factors, some of which are unique to the circumstances created by construction projects. For example, these hazards may involve the negligence of construction companies or property owners where construction is being performed, as well as the negligence of motorists when traveling through construction zones.
Construction Companies / Property Owners
Construction companies or property owners may be accountable for any acts of negligence or violations that create unreasonable hazards for passing motorists. Examples include:
- Failure to create safe and clearly marked construction zones (i.e., using traffic cones to mark off areas where work is being performed).
- Failure to designate and properly create lanes for passing through construction zones, including lanes that are too narrow.
- Failure to warn oncoming motorists of potential hazards ahead (i.e., the use of signs or traffic cones).
- Negligent operation of construction vehicles in and around construction zones.
- Obstruction of traffic lane by construction vehicles, equipment, tools, or debris that creates potential hazards for motorists.
Other Vehicles / Motorists
Motorists are generally obligated to safely operate their vehicles, which means they need to take reasonable measures for driving safely in and around construction zones. However, motorists can commit many types of negligent acts or unsafe driving behaviors that increase accident risks, including:
- Failure to reduce speeds when approaching a construction zone, which may lead to rear-end collisions or pile-ups.
- Speeding and speeds and that are unsafe for given conditions.
- Dangerous or sudden acceleration, sudden turns, and unsafe lane changes.
- Failure to yield, especially at intersections and when making turns in construction zones.
- Distracted driving or inattention, which can cause motorists in congested construction zones to dangerously accelerate or fail to brake in time to avoid collisions.
While your ability to pursue a personal injury case will depend largely on the unique facts and circumstances surrounding your accident, you may have a potential claim if the negligence of another party – whether it be a construction company or worker or negligent motorist – caused or contributed to the wreck. Because construction zones can create congested traffic, are filled with many objects and individuals, and may involve commercial construction companies, public agencies, and businesses, proving fault and liability may not be an easy or straightforward matter. However, it can be effectively addressed with the help of attorneys who have experience handling complex personal injury and car accident cases – attorneys like those at Cunningham Bounds, LLC.
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Cunningham Bounds, LLC knows the setbacks and suffering victims can face following preventable auto accidents, which is why we are committed to providing the support and representation clients need to protect their rights at all phases of the personal injury process. If you would like more information about your rights following a construction zone car accident and how our award-winning legal team can help you, call (251) 299-0101 or contact us online to request a FREE case review. Our firm proudly serves residents throughout Mobile and the state of Alabama.