It isn't difficult to understand how work zone accidents occur with the number of distractions and changes that are presented to drivers in areas of construction. Road blockages, detours and lane markings that have been painted and repainted make navigating road construction zones very difficult. Drivers may not drive slow enough to account for the changing terrain which leads to a domino effect of multi-car accidents.
There is no national clearinghouse for Canadian work zone safety information although a report published in 2004 for the Specialty Conference for the Society of Canadian Engineering reports that more than 1000 people are killed in construction zone related accidents in North America every year. The report notes that the incidence of work zone fatalities have been increasing at a rate of 10 percent every year since 1997.
When road construction accidents take place, confusion and frustration can set it, creating more turmoil for all those involved. The personal injury lawyers at Greg Monforton and Partners know that the victims of work zone accidents need an ally, and if you or a loved one was injured in such an accident you may be eligible for compensation due to the pain and suffering you endured as a result of the crash.
To find out how we can help, call us today toll free at (866) 320-4770.
Common Causes of Work Zone Accidents
If motorists stay aware of surroundings and travel with patience, many of the incidences of road construction accidents could be avoided. Because the lanes in most construction zones are narrowed, drivers often have a difficult time following the new patterns and staying within their allotted space. Additionally, drivers tend to travel at the normal rate of speed within the construction zone even though these areas required reduced speeds.
The following are some of the most common causes of auto accidents in road construction zones:
- Distracted drivers
- Driver impatience
- Excessive speeding
- Ignoring construction signs and warnings
- Inattention to construction workers and machinery
- Merging lane confusion
- to name a few.
Transport Canada reports that over 123,000 drivers incur some form of personal injury from auto accidents on our roads and highways, 2,200 of which resulted in death. The specifics of each situation may vary but the most important point to keep in mind is when travelling through a work zone, stay aware of your surroundings and allow drivers around you enough room to slow or break if necessary.
Injuries Associated with Road Construction Accidents
Injuries are likely to result from a construction zone accident, especially if the driver who caused the accident was driving at a speed in excess of the posted limit. Even if driving within the limit, a motorist can do considerable damage to another drivers vehicle or body if they collide in a rear-end type accident.
Some of the most commonly cited injuries from construction zone accidents include:
Have you or a loved one been injured because of another drivers negligence in a construction zone? If so, don't suffer the physical, emotional and mental anguish alone. The compensation you could be entitled to could cover medical bills associated with your injuries, physical therapy, mental health therapy and so much more. Time spent away from work and in recovery equates to thousands of dollars lost for the victims and their families, and seeking legal counsel may be the best way to ensure that you are represented fairly and competently in court.
Contact Our Windsor Road Construction Accident Lawyers Today
If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction zone car accident and you would like more information on your rights, please contact us today. At the law offices of Greg Monforton and Partners, we understand the trauma that injury victims and their loved ones can endure following an automotive accident.
With this in mind, our entire staff is dedicated to fighting for the rights of individuals - not large firms and corporations - and will fight for your MAXIMUM injury compensation.
Our main office is located in Windsor, Ontario and we proudly provide comprehensive legal counsel to injury victims throughout the province including:
- and most of the areas that surround these cities.