Construction Zone Car Accidents
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Construction zones are a necessary fact of life on the roads, especially in a big city like Chicago, where a combination of wear and freeze-thaw cycles in winter result in damage to the roadways that need to be repaired. Unfortunately, construction zones can be a serious danger to you on your daily commute. Negligent contractors, aggressive truckers, and oblivious commuters can all put you at risk for a dangerous car accident.
If you have been hurt or lost a loved one in a construction zone accident, you may be able to get compensation for your accident if others were responsible for the accident. For a free consultation about your legal rights and options, please call (312) 957-4166 today.
Negligent Construction Zone Design
When a construction zone is being set up, it has to be designed in a way that gives drivers a reasonable amount of time to merge as necessary. They have to receive adequate warning and instructions, and lane changes must be properly marked. The road must be properly graded and transitioned to avoid increased risk of accidents. Every construction zone is made up of four parts, and each has its own requirements to prevent car accidents:
- Advance warning area: Must be set up far enough in advance that drivers are warned of upcoming construction and related slowing.
- Transition area: Drivers must be given adequate time to move into new lane configuration.
- Activity area: Lanes must remain of constant width and reasonable configuration.
- Termination area: Drivers should be transitioned back to normal traffic flow only onto roads that are in good condition for driving.
If a contractor has designed these zones poorly, they may be held liable for accidents that result.
Truck drivers know they may have to do a little pushing to merge properly in construction zones, but if they are too aggressive, the confined traffic in a construction zone can become a deadly trap resulting in a truck accident. Nearly a quarter (24%) of all fatal accidents in work zones involve large trucks, although large trucks only account for about 4% of vehicles on the road.
Regular drivers may put themselves on auto pilot during their commute. They substitute familiarity with the road for alertness, and when they come upon a construction zone, their distractions such as cell phones, eating, and personal grooming can lead to dangerous car accidents.
Why Choose Willens Law Offices
At Willens Law Offices, we are experienced with helping car accident victims in Chicago to get compensation for their injuries. You can see examples of our success on our results page. Founder Matthew L. Willens worked for a large insurance company and understands the tactics insurers use to deny coverage. He can help you make a case that is strong against these tactics.
For more information about how we can help, please contact Willens Law Offices in Chicago today for a free initial consultation.