This time of year, road construction is a common sight across the nation’s highways, roads, and streets. It is imperative that drivers follow the posted work-zone speed limits and pay attention so as not to endanger construction workers, as well as other drivers and themselves.
What Responsibilities Do Construction Companies Have to Keep Their Work Zone Safe?
However, construction companies also have a duty to keep a work zone safe for traffic passing through and around the area. Potential work-zone hazards include the following:
- Improper signage. Motorists need ample warning of upcoming construction. Government regulations specify the types of signs to be utilized, the placement of those signs, and their number. Signage should be clear and concise.
- Missing or misplaced cones, barrels, and other equipment. Missing cones or barrels can create confusion. Misplaced ones can do the same or become roadway obstructions. Both elevate the risk of an accident.
- Hazardous changes in traffic patterns. For instance, a posted work-zone speed limit that’s too high for a sudden makeshift turn that’s too sharp is a dangerous combo for motorists.
- Uneven pavement. Uneven pavement that’s unmarked can be hazardous, especially for motorcyclists. It doesn’t do a car’s suspension any favors either.
- Obstructions. Construction debris, equipment, or vehicles that are too close to the roadway (or partially on it) can make driving treacherous.
- Construction vehicles entering and exiting the roadway need to do so in a safe manner.
In some circumstances, federal, state, or local government may share responsibility for road-construction negligence, which adds complexity to the situation. If you are the victim of possible road-construction negligence, promptly contact an auto accident attorney to protect your rights.
Take Action Quickly
If you have been in a car accident, it is important to contact a lawyer so that you can take action as soon as possible. The sooner that you take action, the more likely it is that evidence will be available to help you prove your claim and that the more likely it is that you will get a fair recovery sooner.
We encourage you to contact us today via this website or by phone to schedule a free, no-obligation, confidential consultation with attorney Ben Crittenden. After that, you can make an informed decision about how to protect your legal rights. To learn more, please read our free report, A Guide to Car Accident Claims in Alaska, or call attorney Ben Crittenden today to schedule a free case evaluation.