Like any auto accident, construction zone settlements are determined by liability. Who is responsible for work zone accidents and injuries? Generally speaking, one of two parties are liable: the automobile driver or the entity that established the construction zone. Depending on the facts of the case, either one (or both) of these parties can be held accountable for the accident.
When the Driver Causes an Accident
Unsafe driving is one of the most common reasons for construction / work zone accidents. Construction zones are inconvenient, which provokes some drivers to behave irrationally. Common forms of driver negligence include:
Additionally, divers may fail to adhere to special construction zone signs. This might include new traffic patterns, reduced speed limits, or instructions from construction workers.
When the Construction Company is Liable
Sometimes, accidents are caused by the construction company or entity that set up the work zone. Because work zones involve complex traffic patterns, it is imperative that the workers create clearly marked lanes for drivers.
These markers should also provide sufficient time for vehicle to reenter the flow of traffic.
Common forms of construction zone negligence are:
- Missing / Improper Signs
- Construction Driver Errors
- Poorly Marked Hazards
- Improper Driving Instructions