Car Accidents in Road Construction
Road construction is necessary to maintaining our highways. However, road construction also presents a hazard to those driving in construction zones. For example, in 2010, there were 87,606 reported automobile accidents in work zones across the country. Nearly half of those accidents involved injuries, which means there was an injury-related accident about every 14 minutes. Over 500 of those accidents involved fatalities for a total of 576 deaths. The number of fatalities increased to 579 in 2013. And, in Utah alone that year, there were 220 fatalities on our highways, five of which occurred in work zones.
There are approximately 144 road-construction projects currently underway or scheduled for 2015 and 2016 in Utah. If you live in Davis County, you are probably familiar with the major project that is underway in Bountiful. Navigating through that construction zone and others can be difficult and confusing. Indeed, a lot of accidents that occur in road-construction zones are the result of misplaced, non-existent, or confusing construction signs. This makes it so drivers are unaware of potentials hazards in the roadway, changes in the lanes or speeds, or when their exit is approaching.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an serious accident in a construction zone, you should contact an attorney immediately. Claims in these types of cases typically involve the road construction companies and UDOT. It is critical to make sure that your attorney gets to the scene of the accident quickly in order to document and preserve evidence. There may also be short deadlines for presenting such claims. The attorneys at Eisenberg, Cutt, Kendell & Olson have handled many cases involving road construction and would be happy to discuss your case with you.