“Slow for the cone zone” isn’t just a catchy slogan—it’s also good advice. Most drivers and construction companies realize that construction zones can create dangerous situations for drivers and workers alike. If you’ve been injured in an Ohio construction zone accident, you’re probably wondering who bears responsibility for the accident; especially if you were following all the rules of the road.
Here’s an overview of when a construction company or driver might be liable. For a personalized answer, call a personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
When the Construction Company is Liable
Construction companies have a duty to keep the areas surrounding their site as hazard-free as possible—and if it’s not possible to totally eliminate hazards, they need to warn drivers adequately. Should they (or their employees) fail to do so, they may be held liable for a variety of negligence actions.
For example, not using clearly visible warning signs is one way companies can fail in their duty of care. Creating dangerous routes that force drivers to make unsafe maneuvers, placing hazards in close proximity to moving traffic, and obstructing the throughway with construction equipment are other ways they might violate that duty. Most cases will hinge upon whether a reasonable employer or site owner would have taken different precautions.
When the Driver is Liable
Of course, sometimes the driver is liable for construction zone accidents. Impaired or distracted drivers might hit warning signs or ignore them entirely, resulting in a crash. Driving well above the speed limit is another reason a driver might be deemed at fault. This often results in rear-end accidents. However, when workers are present, similar maneuvers might leave construction workers injured or dead. In that case, a construction company or employee might choose to sue the driver.
What to Do When You’re Driving Through a Construction Zone
If you approach a construction zone while driving, be sure to follow all traffic laws. Observe the warning signs and act accordingly: if they set a 25 mph speed limit, don’t brush it off as a suggestion. Remember, construction workers whose worksite abuts a busy thoroughfare are incredibly vulnerable. The last thing you want to do is cause an accident that leaves someone seriously hurt.
If you’ve been injured in a construction site accident, call a personal injury attorney right away. You may be able to get compensation for your losses.
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