Construction Zone Car Accidents in Maryland
Construction zones are notorious for the dangerous working conditions in which laborers often find themselves. However, construction workers are not the only individuals who can be harmed by the hazardous conditions of this type of work. Commuters traveling in nearby traffic can also be put in serious danger.
In 2010, almost 90,000 avoidable traffic accidents were recorded in work zones across the nation. In total, work-zone car accidents made up 1.6% of all car collisions in the United States. The high number of construction-related car accidents is evidence of the fact that too many construction workers continuously fail to meet the safety standards expected of them.
Common causes of car accidents in construction zones include:
- Failure to ensure the existence of a safe, wide lane for motorists to use when passing the construction site
- Failure to post warning signs of the construction zone far enough ahead of the worksite
- Failure to create a second transition zone for the clear, safe direction of automobiles back into flowing traffic
- Failure to clearly mark a transition zone that has been established for the safe direction of traffic through road work
Distracted Driving & Other Causes of Construction Zone Car Accidents
Distracted driving practices such as texting while driving are not limited to city streets and state highways. In fact, law enforcement officers suggest that a little more than 30% of all construction zone accidents are the result of distracted driving behaviors. Additional causes of construction zone car accidents include:
- Aggressive driving
- Careless Driving
Compensation for Your Accident
If you were injured in a car accident in a construction zone, any number of parties could be held responsible for your pain and suffering. From contractors, to subcontractors, to construction workers and negligent motorists – liability for your accident should rest in the hands of the person(s) responsible.
At Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, & Siegel, P.C., our experienced Maryland car accident lawyers can review the details of your construction zone car accident to determine who should be held legally responsible for the situation. We are committed to helping you through the claim-filing process, and we are prepared to take your case to trial if need be. To contact our firm today, call our office or contact us online today.