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Construction Negligence and Auto Accident Injuries

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Joliet construction accident lawyersRoad construction is a necessary evil. Without it, roads and highways wear down, developing potholes, cracks, and loose debris that can place drivers and their vehicles at risk. With it, drivers run the risk of an auto accident. Learn more about this risk and what you can do if you or someone you love experiences an accident caused by road construction negligence.

How Big is the Problem?

Data compiled by the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration shows that construction zone accidents account for about 2 percent of all traffic fatalities in America. That amounted to 669 deaths in 2014, the most recent year for which data is available. Some of the individuals killed were workers. Others were drivers. Most, if not all, could have been prevented. Of course, some accidents do not result in death. Some 47,758 ended in either minor or serious injury. Still, the statistics are highly concerning, especially when one considers the long list of rules and regulations within the industry.

Charged with Protecting Your Safety

Road users might understand the need for construction, but few understand what is going on behind the scenes. Regulated by federal laws, various safety entities (such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA), and even local state and city laws, the construction industry is expected to protect the safety of the public. They must use road signs to signify potential hazards, and those signs must give drivers adequate warning. There are rules that dictate how sharp a turn can be and how wide a lane must be. If a construction company, worker, or supervisor fails to adhere to even just one of these regulations and an accident occurs, the company could be held liable for any losses or damages experienced by a victim.

Post-Construction Negligence

Negligence does not occur just at the time of construction. Poor road conditions, caused by either shoddy work or left behind debris, can also cause an accident. If the accident results in death or injury, the victim and their family may be entitled to compensation. However, these suits are typically brought against the “owner” of the road, rather than the construction company because these accidents are generally considered inadequate maintenance.

Pursuing Compensation After an Accident

If you or someone you love has been injured because of negligence at a construction site, contact the Law Offices of Tedone and Morton, P.C. for assistance. Dedicated to your best interests, our Joliet construction site negligence lawyers will fight to ensure you get the settlement you deserve. In every situation, we pursue the most favorable outcome. Call 815-666-1285 and schedule your personalized consultation to learn more.

Source:

https://ops.fhwa.dot.gov/wz/resources/facts_stats/safety.htm

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