Work Zone Accidents injure thousands each year. Inaccurate or missing signage, construction site debris, and the distraction caused by the site itself can lead to hazardous conditions for those working on-site, as well as for pedestrians or drivers passing through. These circumstances can lead to car accidents, injuries, and even death.
Work Zone Facts
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published a set of “” that reflect some of the hazards found on construction sites for workers on-site, and also for pedestrians and drivers passing through. The agency’s findings include the following statistics:
- During peak season, approximately 1/5 of our nation’s highway system is under construction, with over 3000 work sites.
- An estimated 12 billion vehicle miles of travel a year will be through active work zones.
- Active work zones can be expected every 100 miles driven on the national highway system.
- Three work zone fatalities occur per day.
- Over 40,000 people are injured each year in work zone crashes.
Who Is Responsible?
Both public and private construction site hazards can lead to injuries or fatalities. Finding and holding the responsible parties accountable poses unique challenges in each type of construction site.
Holding those responsible for injuries related to private construction sites may require investigation into the different companies contracted to work on the project. Oftentimes sub-contractors are used to complete a specific portion of the project, and each company may have different kinds of insurance with varying amounts of coverage.
If a worker or passerby sues under a negligence theory, they will have to show that the defendant failed to exercise reasonable care, and that this caused the accident in which they were injured or a loved one was killed. Under these circumstances, the victim may be entitled to damages including the cost of medical care, lost income, and other amounts.
Contact An Attorney
If you or a loved one were injured in a construction site related car accident, don’t hesitate to contact one of our experienced attorneys.