Roadway construction zones are hazardous not only to the hard-working construction teams that construct, repair and maintain our roadways, but also to the traveling public. Drivers have to deal with an assortment of signs, lane shifts, and various channeling devices, such as cones and barrels that can make an otherwise routine commute a dangerous venture. Unfortunately, catastrophic injuries can occur due to these types of risky roadways, altering lives forever. From 2003 through 2013, Florida ranked second in the nation for fatalities in road construction zones.
What happens in a roadway construction accident?
The exhaustive investigation begins with an initial interview of the driver and any passengers involved in the accident. This investigation is conducted to determine the exact makeup of the roadway. Everything, including sign placement, presence of arrow boards, and lane markings are thoroughly studied. A scene investigation and public records request for related documentation are also essential. Additionally, there are several resources to utilize in order to obtain important photographs of the roadway construction at different intervals. Only on rare occasions should an attorney rush to file a lawsuit in a road construction case prior to the completion of a thorough investigation.
Knowing what to look for when finding a defect in the setup or maintenance of a road construction project can only be done by an experienced attorney in road constructions cases. If you, a loved one or friend is unfortunately injured in a road construction work zone accident, it is vital to contact an experienced attorney who handles and understands road construction negligence.
In the last 13 months alone, Wieland, Hilado & DeLattre has obtained multiple settlements against very large road construction companies, all within the seven figure range. It’s important to note that liability in most road construction cases is heavily contested and, for this reason, a thorough investigation is necessary.
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