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New Braunfels construction accident lawyerLast week, two people traveling through a roadwork area on I-10 in South Texas were killed after a construction crane malfunctioned and a part landed on their vehicle. The unusual circumstances of this tragic car accident raise questions regarding an injury victim’s options for recovering compensation when an accident is caused by something other than another driver. In a complicated case such as this one, working with an experienced personal injury attorney is especially important.

Determining the Cause of a Construction Accident

When an accident resulting in injuries occurs in or around a construction site, there is a wide range of possible causes. Even if you know that a particular piece of equipment is responsible for the injuries, it is still important to determine the specific chain of events that led to the accident in order to make a strong case for compensation from the appropriate party. If you have been injured, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible to begin investigating the situation, including by visiting the scene of the accident, interviewing witnesses, and requesting records from construction companies and contractors who may have been involved.

The party from whom you can recover damages depends on the specific cause of the accident. For example:

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TX crash lawyerIn 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.

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Texas accident attorney, Texas injury lawyerAn individual was killed on a construction site in Carrollton, Texas, in March. The man, a worker at the site within the Castle Hills development at Old Denton Road and Windhaven Parkway, was run over by a heavy construction vehicle. Unfortunately, this type of incident is not uncommon on construction sites. Back-over accidents and other construction vehicle accidents occur at alarming rates, killing dozens of workers and pedestrians every year.

Fatal Work Accidents in Texas

In 2015, Texas witnessed 527 fatal occupational injuries. The construction industry had 124 deaths. This was a significant increase from 107 deaths in 2014. In 2015, construction of buildings had 13 fatalities, heavy and civil engineering construction had 26, and specialty trade contractors had 85. While heavy and civil engineering deaths remained the same from the prior year, the construction of buildings and specialty trade contractors’ deaths rose. Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction had 36 deaths, a significant decrease from 75 in 2014, while transportation had 100, an increase from 94 in 2014.

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Texas wrongful death attorney, Texas workers comp lawyerA 23-year-old El Campo man passed away in early April after being injured in a construction site accident. Another man was left in critical condition. The accident was the result of a front-end loader moving heavy equipment around the worksite. The driver of the front-end loader and the individual directing him did not see either victim before setting down a set of wheels and a large tire, which crushed them. Both were flown by helicopter to a Houston hospital.

Unfortunately, accidents like this are all too common. Construction sites have a great deal of large vehicles and heavy equipment, which if not operated, maintained, and stored properly can lead to injuries and deaths. Construction vehicles and machinery are particularly risky as they often have blind spots, limited visibility, and limited maneuverability. Drivers and those helping direct them need to remain vigilant and cautious at all times.

If you were injured or lost a loved one in a similar construction accident, do not hesitate to reach out to a skilled New Braunfels construction accident attorney. An attorney can review your situation and confirm whether you may recover through workers’ compensation insurance or whether you need to file a claim against the responsible party for compensation.

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The sooner you call, the sooner we can build your case, secure evidence and get maximum compensation for your injuries.

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