Road construction can be dangerous. Construction crews often have to work close to traffic, sometimes just one lane away from moving vehicles. While this can pose a threat to road workers, it is also hazardous for drivers passing by. Work zones often contain several obstacles for motorists that may not be clearly marked, which can increase the risk of a serious accident. If you have been hurt in an accident caused by a construction hazard, you may be a victim of negligence.
Types of Hazards
A road work site can be filled with hazards if the proper precautions are not taken. Road construction zones often involve lane closures, merges, reduced speeds, detours, narrow lanes, and other obstacles for drivers. When these changes are not properly communicated to motorists, they may not react in time to avoid a road risk, which could lead to a serious crash. Some of the hazards that may be caused by construction site negligence include:
- Lack of warning signs
- Lack of protective barriers around work zones
- Poor lighting along construction zones
- Poorly marked lanes
- Little to no advance notification of lane changes or closures
Whenever a construction crew fails to provide drivers with important information or does not safely re-route traffic around the site, it may be guilty of construction site negligence. If you have been injured in a collision caused by a lack of warning or poorly marked roadways, the road crew on site may be responsible for your accident and you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and damages. You may be able to recover payment for your accident-related costs, including compensation for your medical bills, lost wages from time off of work, repair costs, and pain and suffering.