Work Zone Accidents
Construction zones and work areas on roads may cause massive disruptions and sometimes catastrophic accidents. While maintaining roads and improving accessibility is necessary, work zones pose hazards to drivers, workers, and pedestrians. At Katz, Friedman, Eisenstein, Johnson, Bareck and Bertuca, our Chicago car accident attorneys can investigate and evaluate all potential causes of a car accident. We have helped injured individuals pursue compensation following a work zone accident, compassionately advocating for victims who face life-altering changes after a collision in a construction area. By pursuing a legal claim for compensation, victims may help ease their financial burdens and hold responsible at-fault parties for causing their harm.Bringing a Negligence Claim Based on a Work Zone Accident
Work zones refer to roadway areas undergoing construction or repair. Different factors may lead to a work zone car accident, including faulty signs, improper maintenance of traffic, and failures to comply with regulations. Often, drivers experience frustration and may resort to aggressive driving in a work zone. Motorists who navigate through these areas may not appreciate the underlying hazards and may find themselves seriously injured in a work zone accident.
Car crashes that take place in work zones may involve multiple parties, and the first step in a personal injury lawsuit brought by an accident victim is to establish liability. Liability is the term for legal fault, and in a claim for damages following an accident, more than one party may be at fault. To succeed in their claim, victims of a car accident must show that a defendant caused the accident and their resulting injuries. Victims will assert that the defendant was negligent and that their breached duty of care caused the underlying accident.
Work zones must meet safety guidelines set by local and state governments. Detours must be clearly marked, barricades must be properly erected, and pavement drops should be avoided in these zoned areas. In some cases, a breached duty of care may consist of a failure to take action, such as a construction company’s failure to meet safety guidelines specific to work zones. In addition to private entities, local governments may be deemed negligent, such as when they place faulty signs that mistakenly direct motorists into hazardous areas. Additionally, construction vehicles that are moving slowly in work zones may present hazards to motorists attempting to navigate the area.
In addition to local governments and construction companies, other drivers may be liable for work zone accidents. For example, in a congested work area, rear-end collisions are common. Drivers may stop suddenly, since they do not know what to expect, and unfortunately, others on the road are susceptible to harm in the form of a motor vehicle collision.
After successfully demonstrating liability in a personal injury lawsuit, an accident victim may be able to secure damages for their past and future harm. Recovering damages for medical bills, physical therapy costs, and lost wages from missed work may help ease the financial strain that accompanies a car accident. Victims may also recover for emotional pain and suffering and other forms of non-economic damages.Explore Your Legal Options by Contacting a Chicago Attorney After a Car Accident
If you suffered injuries in a work zone accident, the Chicago lawyers at Katz, Friedman, Eisenstein, Johnson, Bareck and Bertuca can assert your legal right to compensation. Dedicated to providing compassionate representation, we are sensitive to the emotional and traumatic consequences of a car accident for the lives of victims and their families. Our skilled motor vehicle collision attorneys have the resources and the experience necessary to assert your right to the full compensation that you deserve. We help victims in Aurora, Springfield, Quincy, Champaign, and other communities throughout Kane, Cook, Winnebago, Sangamon, and Adams Counties. Call us at (800) 444-1525 or contact us online for a free consultation about the details of your case. We generally do not ask for legal fees unless we are successful in getting compensation for you.