Scranton Construction Zone Crash Lawyer
Millions of vehicles use Pennsylvania’s roads every day. These vehicles create a lot of wear and tear on the roadways. The roads may become uneven or sustain potholes that can ruin vehicles.
When highways and other roads need improvement, it is not usually feasible to shut them down completely. Repair crews will generally come out and designate construction zones. These zones partially obstruct the traffic lanes and leave the remaining lanes accessible to drivers. Construction zones are often designated by orange cones, barriers, and flashing signs. Still, motorists can get confused, striking construction materials, machinery, and even workers.
Construction zones can be dangerous. A person can suffer serious injuries or even death.
If you have been a victim, contact a Scranton construction zone crash lawyer from Needle Law Firm. Schedule a free consultation to learn more about your options.
Dangers of Construction Zone Crashes
Construction zones can create various dangerous situations such as the following:
- A barrier or cone within the construction zone falls or is knocked over, which creates a road obstruction. In an attempt to avoid the obstruction, two vehicles collide.
- A sign within a construction zone is dislodged and blown onto a driver’s windshield, affecting his ability to see ahead of him, causing a collision.
- A driver is confused by unclear or incorrect markings or barriers within the construction zone and veers into oncoming traffic.
- A detour can confuse a driver – for example, if a driver is directed to the left side of the street, but he has the intention to turn right, he may not know what to do.
- When lanes are closed, merging traffic can bottleneck, and some drivers may not stop quickly enough to avoid a collision.
- Construction vehicles are often large, bulky, and may have limited visibility. They can have blind spots that may result in them striking other vehicles.
Who is Liable?
There are two main parties who could be liable for a construction crash:
- Construction companies. Construction companies have a duty to make a construction site safe and warn of dangers that may exist. When they fail to do so, they breach their duty and are liable for any damages. Some examples of construction company negligence in roadway work zones are unsafe construction zones that cause motorists to make dangerous maneuvers, lack of warning signs, poor placement of signs or barricades, and unsafe operation of construction equipment
- There are times when the actions of drivers can cause a crash. Some examples include a car hitting a sign or equipment and causing a chain reaction, a car rear-ending another driver, and a distracted driver who did not see the warning signs and caused a crash.
Contact Needle Law Firm Today
Construction zones can create a lot of confusion for drivers who are not used to them. This can lead to serious accidents with construction workers and other motorists.
Liability can be difficult to determine in these cases. The experienced Scranton construction zone crash lawyers at Needle Law Firm can help you with your claim. To schedule a free consultation, fill out the online form or call (570) 344-1266.