Road Construction Sites and the Risk of Car Accidents
Every day, various roads across the country are under construction. Frequently traveled roads tend to require work the most because they sustain constant wear and tear. Whether roads are being widened, repaired, or repaved, maintenance upgrades require the set up of a construction work zone.
Road construction can be confusing and frustrating for drivers. Unfortunately, this increases the likelihood of reckless or negligent actions that lead to a car accident. Victims of car accidents involving road construction in the Brooklyn, NY, area can work with the auto accident lawyers at Zucker & Regev, P.C. to pursue compensation for accident damages.
Road Construction Car Accident Statistics
Road construction sites often require drivers to travel through narrowed lanes of traffic, make lane changes, or take detours to avoid construction, equipment, and construction workers. Alterations to familiar routes and hazards within work zones have been shown to increase the risk of a car accident.
The National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse reports national crash data from 2019 that estimates there were 115,000 work zone crashes that year. Of these, approximately 27,000 were injury-involved crashes, which resulted in around 39,000 injuries.
Fatalities are a particular concern in road construction car accidents. National data for 2019 reports 762 fatal work zone crashes for the year. These accidents were the cause of 842 fatalities. Of the 842 fatalities, 135 of those killed were construction workers. The remaining fatalities were vehicle passengers and pedestrians.
Reducing the Risk of a Road Construction Car Accident
The majority of road construction car accidents are the result of driver error. Navigating through a road construction zone can be intimidating and confusing, but if Brooklyn drivers take certain safety precautions, they should be able to reduce the risk of a road construction car accident. When driving through a road construction zone drivers should:
- Slow down
- Pay attention to the route and any road changes
- Follow all posted warning signs and listen to instructions from construction workers
- Avoid tailgating other vehicles
- Refrain from driving distracted
- Stay calm and focused
Pursuing Compensation for Accident Damages
Even if drivers take all necessary precautions when traveling through a road construction site, they could be involved in an accident due to another party’s reckless or negligent actions. When a road construction car accident results in injuries and financial losses, injury victims should work with a knowledgeable car accident lawyer to pursue compensation for damages.
At Zucker & Regev, P.C., our car accident lawyers work with experts in the field to gather evidence and recreate an accident so that we can prove liability for our Brooklyn clients. We then pursue financial compensation for the full extent of our clients’ losses, which may include:
- Past and future medical expenses, including the cost of ongoing rehabilitation
- Lost wages
- Loss of wage-earning potential
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death damages (i.e. funeral and burial expenses, lost source of income and benefits, loss of consortium)
Road construction car accidents can lead to catastrophic injuries and steep financial losses. If you or a loved one have been injured in this type of crash, the lawyers at Zucker & Regev, P.C. can help you pursue the compensation you are due. To schedule a case review, contact our law firm online or call us at (718) 624-1211.