Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers: Common Road Construction MistakesMarch 14, 2016
Car accidents can be caused by a number of scenarios, from distracted driving to poor weather conditions to speeding or driving through a red light. But when road construction is the cause of a wreck, the victim may file a personal injury lawsuit, particularly if the driver was seriously injured. Oftentimes, these types of car accidents are caused by inadequate maintenance, as opposed to negligent construction. Regardless, the injured victim may be able to hold the construction company, or the government, responsible for damages.
Common Construction Mistakes
There are a wide range of possible mistakes that can be made in road construction, which can increase the likelihood of a car accident. The following are some of the most common examples:
- Improper Signage: When road construction is taking place, motorists should be given ample warning. Federal and state regulations specify the types of signs that should be posted, as well as the location placement and the number of signs that should be posted. When drivers are not given enough warning, it can result in injuries to both the driver and the constructions workers, or both.
- Expecting drivers to navigate turns that are too sharp: The likelihood of a collision increases if drivers come upon an unexpected sharp turn when driving at a high rate of speed. A construction company or municipality can be held liable for any subsequent injuries.
- Leaving pavement in poor condition: Temporary uneven pavement is common during road construction. However, when there are no signs alerting drivers of these conditions, it can become hazardous to motorists, especially motorcyclists.
In order to have a successful personal injury lawsuit, the injured party must prove that negligence did indeed occur. Specifically, the victim must prove the following three elements:
- Duty to keep a construction zone safe: It is almost always the responsibility of the company in charge of the road construction to ensure a safe construction zone, both for motorists and workers. There are two answers to the question, “What constitutes a safe construction zone?”
A construction company must comply with federal and state safety regulations. Therefore, there is a duty on the construction company to follow those regulations when it comes to the placement of warning signs that alert motorists of upcoming construction zone.
2. In addition to complying with federal and state safety regulations, a construction company may need to take further steps to ensure the safety of the construction zone.
- Breach of duty: When the construction company fails to maintain the safety of a construction zone, it may amount to negligence and be considered a breach of duty. If the breach of duty caused a motorist or construction worker to be injured, the company could be responsible for damages.
- Harm caused by the breach: In a personal injury or car accident case, it is crucial that the injured person be able to prove that the breach of duty, or negligence, caused the injury. In other words, proving that the construction company acted negligently may not be enough to win your case. You must prove that the negligence is what caused the injuries.
Baltimore Personal Injury Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represent Victims Injured in Car Accidents
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured due to road construction, you may be eligible for financial compensation. Contact the reputable Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton so that we may closely examine the details of your case and provide the best legal course of action, keeping your rights a top priority. For a free consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
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