Working on a road crew is unquestionably a dangerous job, but the U.S. Department of Transportation has found that more than 80 percent of the victims of injuries in road construction zones are motorists. The dangers of construction zones are apparent to any driver who has been forced to maneuver around concrete barriers and barrels that pinch traffic into narrowed lanes, or has had to dodge bulldozers, dump trucks and other heavy equipment that lurches in and out of traffic. If you have been injured while driving through a road construction zone, let the highly qualified construction accident attorneys in San Jose from Needham Kepner & Fish LLP evaluate your case.
We also represent highway workers who have been injured on the job. Fatality rates for highway workers are double those in other types of construction work, according to transportation studies.
What Can be Done to Reduce Accidents in Road Construction Zones
To reduce the number of serious accidents in construction zones, motorists need to slow down. But transportation officials report a nationwide indifference to work zone speed limits. They have been stymied in their efforts to change that. Brightly colored signs and electronic warnings have had little or no effect. Even the threat of doubled speeding fines hasn’t brought the numbers down.
The most effective deterrent is stationing marked police cars near road construction zones. This is an expensive proposition, however, for law enforcement agencies that already are experiencing personnel shortages. Transportation officials say that the numbers aren’t going to change until police give higher priority to enforcing speed limits in road construction zones.
If you have been injured while driving or bicycling through a road construction zone, call Needham Kepner & Fish LLP. Our personal injury attorneys have decades of experience in winning compensation for accident victims.
Construction Zone Accidents Have Many Causes
Construction zones contain many perils, from heavy equipment to stop and start traffic. Here are common causes of construction zone accidents:
If you have been hurt in a road construction zone in Northern California, call the respected construction accident lawyers at Needham Kepner & Fish LLP. They know from experience that construction zone accidents can cause severe injuries, including:
If you suffer any of these injuries while driving through a road construction zone, you should retain an experienced auto accident law firm as soon as possible.
Construction Zone Attorneys Serving The Sacramento And San Francisco Area
With decades of experience, the attorneys at Needham Kepner & Fish LLP are ready to help you after a serious accident in a road construction zone. If your condition prevents you from visiting our office, we will gladly visit you at your home or hospital bed. Our lawyers are available for weekend and evening meetings.
To schedule a free consultation, call us today at (408) 716-1668 or use our online form. We handle injury cases on a contingent fee basis, which means that you pay us nothing unless you recover compensation.