In late November, a construction zone accident on Travis County’s MoPac Expressway left a driver dead and four construction workers seriously injured. Unfortunately, accidents in work zones are not uncommon, as the driving conditions in these areas increase risks for both drivers and workers. Anyone who is injured in a construction zone due to the negligence of another party may be entitled to compensation for their medical expenses and other damages.
The Dangers of Driving in Construction Zones
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) estimates, over 120,000 vehicle accidents happened in work zones in 2018, resulting in around 45,000 injuries and 750 fatalities nationwide. Texas was responsible for more of these fatalities than any other state, with 157. While the majority of those affected are vehicle occupants, pedestrians are also at risk, many of whom are the people working in these construction zones. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that in the same year, 124 workers were killed in roadway work zone accidents.
Many different factors contribute to car accidents in construction zones. Some are related to the road conditions themselves. For example, narrow roadways, debris in the road, and improper lighting or signage can all increase the risk of a collision. Driver behavior is often also a contributing factor, including drunk driving, distracted driving, or failing to adjust to a safe speed.
Personal Injury Claims for Construction Zone Accidents
Vehicle occupants who are injured in a construction zone accident may be able to pursue compensation from multiple negligent parties depending on the circumstances. Often, another driver’s negligent behavior is at least partially at fault for a collision. The company or municipality responsible for the construction project could also be partially responsible for failing to adequately address potential hazards. An attorney can help you investigate the accident to collect evidence and identify the best approach to your personal injury claim.
Injured road construction workers are often entitled to workers’ compensation benefits through their employer, which can cover their medical expenses and a portion of their lost wages. However, if the accident was caused by a negligent, third-party driver, they can choose to pursue additional compensation through a personal injury claim. This is especially important for those who wish to pursue non-economic damages for pain and suffering, which is not available through workers’ compensation.
Contact a New Braunfels, TX Personal Injury Lawyer
At The Bettersworth Law Firm, we help our clients explore all available means of compensation for injuries suffered due to another party’s negligence. If you have been injured in a construction zone accident, we will fight for a fair outcome. Contact an experienced New Braunfels car accident attorney today for a free consultation at 830-443-9193.