Construction zones are common throughout Wisconsin. Unfortunately, with an increase in construction work comes a rise in construction zone accidents. In 2015 alone there were 2,411 construction zone crashes, marking a year-over-year increase. The number of work zone accidents decreased from 2010 through 2013, yet dramatically rose again in 2014. In 2015, work zone accidents led to 13 fatalities and 645 injuries, and these figures were not anomalies. The 2010 through 2014 annual average for construction zone fatalities and injuries are 10 and 699, respectively.
Every year, countless families are affected by these accidents and must strive to find their footing in life again. If you were injured in a construction zone accident or lost a loved one, call our construction zone accident attorneys at Studinski Law, LLC right away. We understand that dealing with insurance or a legal claim while trying to recover or grieve can feel impossible. We want to lift this burden from your shoulders and fight for you. Call us today at (715) 343-2850.
Common Causes of Construction Zone Accidents
The beginning and ending of construction zones are fairly obvious. There are bright orange and white signs positioned by the road telling you that the zone is about to begin or end. These signs also announce a reduced speed limit. There may be flashing lights to get your attention, and you may see a construction equipment and workers.
Yet despite the obvious signs of work on the road, many drivers fail to take precautions leading to road construction accidents. Ignoring the work zone leads drivers to:
- Speed above the posted construction zone speed limit
- Weave between lanes
- Pass in no passing zones
All of these actions greatly increase the likelihood of an accident. However, other issues also cause construction zone crashes like intoxicated, drowsy, and distracted driving. These issues always raise the risk of a crash. However, when they take place within a work zone, they create a situation that can lead to serious and fatal crashes that effect other drivers and construction workers.
Liability for Construction Zone Accidents
Most road construction accidents are caused by drivers, not the experienced construction workers. When another motorist causes a crash that leads to your injuries, you will look to that driver for compensation. You may file a claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance. You may also investigate claims against the vehicle owner and his or her insurance company. An experienced construction accident lawyer can help you evaluate your options.
Liability for a construction zone accident may be more complex if you were hit by an employee on duty at the time of the accident. Crashes caused by employees are often the responsibility of the employer. For instance, if you were hit by a semi-truck, then you will usually look to the employer/motor carrier for compensation.
If you are involved in a less common accident caused by a construction worker, then like with the truck driver, you will look toward the construction worker’s employer for a financial recovery. Careless or reckless actions by construction workers are often the responsibility of the construction company.
Determining the individual or business responsible for your construction zone car accident can be difficult. If you unsure of who is ultimately liable for compensating you for your injuries, do not hesitate to pick up the phone and call us at Studinski Law, LLC. Auto accidents are one of our main practice areas, and our construction accident attorneys have years of experience investigating these types of crashes to determine liability and purse compensation.
Recovering Compensation After a Construction Zone Car Accident
After most vehicle accidents, the first step to obtaining a financial recovery is to file an insurance claim. Once you file a formal claim, you must cooperate with the insurer, yet protect yourself from being taken advantage of. Insurance companies have a duty to promptly and thoroughly investigate your claim, including the cause and results of the accident. However, they do not have a right to every detail of your life. By working with an experienced construction zone accident attorney during your insurance claim, you can ensure that you cooperate, give an insurer the information it needs, yet do not give them unnecessary access to your private information.
While you may prefer a quickly resolved insurance claim, this is not guaranteed. Car accident insurance claims do not always go smoothly or result in an appropriate settlement offer. In this situation, you should discuss moving forward with a personal injury claim with an experienced car accident attorney. If you choose to file a personal injury claim following a construction zone car accident, it will be you and your attorney’s responsibility to prove that the other party was negligent and this negligence was a cause of your injuries.
Our Wisconsin Construction Zone Accident Lawyers Are Here to Help
If you were injured in a construction zone auto accident, our personal injury lawyers are ready to represent you and aggressively fight for your right to compensation, including:
- Medical expenses
- Wage loss
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress and mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of earning capacity
- Loss of society and companionship
- Property damage
We understand how to best investigate the accident to determine liability, preserve evidence, and build the strongest case possible for your claim. To discuss your situation, call us at (715) 343-2850.