Texas Leads the Nation in Work Zone Fatalities
Texas is booming. Communities across the state are growing as new businesses open up and people move to the state looking for new opportunities. More people means more traffic, and the state has been struggling to keep up with the need for new roads and highways.
You’ve probably noticed a lot of road work going on in your area. But construction sites on the highway can be dangerous for both motorists and road workers. There are up to 1000 active work zones on our highways at a given time, and it’s no surprise that Texas leads the nation in work zone fatalities. In fact, 186 Texans died in work zone accidents in a recent year.
At The Lenahan Law Firm, we have won millions of dollars for people who were severely injured in accidents caused by someone else’s negligence. Give us a call today at (214) 295-1008 if you are a driver or road worker who was seriously injured in a construction zone accident.
Work Zone Accidents Caused by Negligent Drivers
Most victims of construction zone accidents are law-abiding drivers who were injured due to the negligence of another person. People who drive carelessly in a work zone are a serious threat to the safety of construction zone workers and other drivers.
There’s less room to maneuver in a work zone, and barricades and closed lanes create additional hazards. That’s why it’s essential for all drivers to slow down and be extra careful as soon as they see signs informing them that there’s a work zone up ahead. Ignoring these signs can be deadly.
Examples of careless driver behavior that may lead to serious injuries in a work zone include:
- Ignoring or avoiding cones or barricades
- Not slowing down before entering
- Failure to heed warning signs
- Failure to merge
- Reckless driving
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence
Accidents Caused by Negligent Construction Companies
Owners and supervisors of construction companies have a responsibility to maintain safety for their workers and drivers who travel through construction zones. These companies must be diligent about hiring safe workers and giving them the resources they need to avoid accidents and keep everything running as smoothly as possible.
Unnecessary accidents can cause severe injuries and death when construction companies fail to hold themselves to the highest safety standards. Negligent construction company acts that threaten the lives of drivers and construction workers include:
- Insufficient traffic control
- Uneven roads
- Poor worker training
- Inadequate night lighting
- Obstructions in the roadway
- Poorly marked construction lanes
- Improper placement of cones or barricades
- Warning and detour signs that are not clearly visible
- Hiring unqualified workers or workers with unsafe records
- Not providing workers with sufficient safety equipment
- Failure to follow Texas or federal guidelines
- Not inspecting the work zones for hazards
- Failure to secure tools and equipment
- Inadequate construction zone design
Who Is Responsible for Your Dallas Work Zone Injuries?
Drivers, government officials, and construction company owners and their employees may all be held liable for injuries caused by a construction zone accident. Your Dallas personal injury attorney will investigate the accident to determine whose negligence is responsible for your injuries. Then they will file claims to recover the cost of your medical care and other damages that you or a loved one may have suffered. This may include:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Loss of future income
- Reduced enjoyment of life
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death
Your attorney will use the following resources and strategies while conducting their investigation:
- Police reports
- Expert testimony
- Video and photographic evidence
- Work zone company records
- Driver cell phone records
- Accident site reconstructions
We Specialize in Severe Injuries
At The Lenahan Law Firm, we help people put their lives back together after an accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence. We know how to take on the big insurance companies and win.
The Lenahan Law Firm only handles a limited number of severe injury cases, and we give each client our full attention. Call (214) 295-1008 to schedule a FREE consultation.