Car Accidents and Road Construction Risks
Road construction is a frequent occurrence on Florida roads and highways. Nearly all motorists have encountered a work crew repairing a city street or construction workers widening a highway. Many serious car accidents involving injuries occur in road construction work zones. Accidents may be caused by narrowed lanes, sudden lane shifts, uneven pavement, poor traffic design, vision obstructions, driving too fast or careless driving.
If you have been injured in a traffic accident in a road construction work zone, talk to a knowledgeable Florida road construction accident lawyer. I am attorney Philip DeBerard. I have more than three decades of experience handling car accidents and personal injury claims. I understand the factors that contribute to road construction crashes. I take pride in leading a team of lawyers, paralegals and staff who are committed to providing personalized service to our clients. Choosing a knowledgeable road work zone accident lawyer does make a difference.
Call 1-800-299-8878 to speak with an experienced South Florida motor vehicle accident attorney, or fill out our online contact form.
Understanding the Risks of Road Construction Work Zones
Work zone safety is an increasing roadway safety concern. In 2021, an estimated 106,000 work zone crashes occurred across the US, reports the Federal Highway Administration. That’s about one work zone crash every five minutes. These resulted in 956 fatalities, representing a 10-percent increase from the work zone deaths in 2020.
A number of factors can contribute to car accidents in road construction areas. Vehicles often travel at differing speeds in road construction work zones. Some drivers go slowly, while other careless motorists or inexperienced drivers speed through work zones, ignoring the hazardous conditions and failing to anticipate sudden lane changes. The risk of rear-end collisions increases significantly in road construction areas.
Many road construction zones include the closure of lanes or shoulders, which forces motorists to merge. Drivers may be unprepared to encounter uneven pavement or rough road surfaces and may make sudden maneuvers. Many motorists make sudden lane changes in road construction zones, striking concrete barriers, hitting the brakes suddenly or making other moves resulting in sideswiping other vehicles.
The risk of a collision increases around large trucks and buses. These big vehicles come with unique safety considerations such as blind spots and slower brake times. In fact, in 2021, over a third (33 percent) of work zone accidents involved commercial motor vehicles like freight trucks.
Of the nearly 1,000 people who died in road work zone crashes in 2021, 778 were drivers and passengers, while 173 were bicyclists and persons on foot. Also among them were 108 highway workers killed in the construction zone crashes.
Many of these accidents were preventable, caused by careless drivers. In fact, more than a third (32 percent) of the fatal work zone crashes involved speeding as a contributing factor.
If you have been injured in a road construction zone accident through the fault of others, you should be aware that you may be entitled to seek compensation. The law is on the side of those harmed by the negligence of others, including victims of work zone accidents. At the law firm of Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney, we will review your case free of charge and explain your legal options.
Turn to an Experienced Florida Work Zone Accident Lawyer
If you have been injured in a traffic accident in a road construction zone, contact a compassionate work zone accident attorney who has helped many people recover from serious automobile accidents. I am attorney Philip DeBerard. I have over three decades of legal experience representing people injured in car accidents and other personal injury claims. My expertise as a civil trial lawyer anchors a compassionate team of lawyers, paralegals and staff who provide personalized legal service to our clients. We pride ourselves on providing one-on-one attention that other firms fail to deliver to people across South Florida and the Treasure Coast.
The law firm of Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney, represents victims of road construction accidents and automobile crashes throughout South Florida and have offices in Stuart, Port St. Lucie, Vero Beach, Okeechobee, Palm Beach Gardens and West Palm Beach. If you’re looking for an ethical, hard working and compassionate personal injury lawyer, call Philip DeBerard. Choosing the right road construction accident lawyer does make a difference.
Call 1-800-299-8878 to speak with a knowledgeable Florida work zone accident attorney or fill out our online contact form.
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