Attorneys for Roadway Construction Zone Accidents
Georgia roads can be dangerous and congested under normal circumstances. When road construction creates blocked lanes and traffic detours, the likelihood of being involved in a serious car accident increases. Human error, heavy-duty equipment, and difficult working conditions combine to make road construction zones extremely hazardous for motorists who must navigate cones, barrels, flaggers, and flashing signs. In and around Atlanta, these conditions are often accompanied by drivers who follow too closely or drive at excessive speeds. The Georgia personal injury attorneys at Stemberger & Cummins, P.C. represent injured motorists and their passengers who are harmed by negligent conduct in road construction areas.
Causes of Car Accidents in Work Zones & Road Construction Areas
As drivers, we have all encountered those warning signs near roadway construction zones—they advise caution while travelling through work zones and even threaten increased fines for traffic offenses committed in these areas. While the risk of personal injury certainly exists for road construction workers, there is also a significant amount of danger facing motorists in these construction zones. In fact, an estimated four out of five people killed in roadway construction zone accidents across the country are not highway construction workers, but rather drivers and vehicle occupants traveling through roadwork areas. Frequent causes of motor vehicle accidents in road construction zones include:
- Improper traffic lane switches
- Negligent flagging
- Poor, incorrectly placed, or missing signage, cones, and/or barrels
- Uneven pavement and rough surfaces (these often create puddled water and hydroplane accidents)
- Edge-of-pavement drop-offs
- Highway construction machinery partially projecting into a travel lane
- Construction truck and equipment operators failing to see approaching motorists and entering traffic
- Construction equipment issues, such as overloading equipment so that construction materials fall in the roadway
Reducing your speed when entering a road construction work zone can make all the difference when it comes to safety and avoiding accidents. Slowing down, obeying warning signs, and staying alert as cars and trucks funnel down to one or two lanes near work zones is the best approach. And always be watchful for aggressive drivers who may be aggravated by a traffic slowdown. Unfortunately, however, even when you are cautious, it can be difficult to prevent or avoid an accident if a flagger or road construction worker creates a dangerous situation by being careless or reckless on the job.
The experienced road construction accident lawyers at Stemberger & Cummins, P.C. have extensive experience in just these types of cases. We have effectively resolved claims involving the negligent directing of traffic by flaggers, as well as injuries caused by an improperly marked drop off. These cases require a unique set of skills because they often involve multiple parties such as governmental entities, general contractors, and subcontractors. They always require the effective investigation into things like training, weather conditions, breach of protocol, and other important factors that will impact your economic recovery.
Talk to an Experienced Georgia Personal Injury Lawyer after a Roadway Construction Zone Accident
In most cases, road construction workers are doing their best to maintain safety on the road. However, where negligence has occurred in a roadway construction zone, the legal team at Stemberger & Cummins, P.C. is ready to assist accident victims and their families. If you or someone you love has been injured in a roadway construction zone accident, please contact our office in at (770) 253-0913 or via email at email@example.com for a free, no-obligation, confidential consultation. We represent clients across the state of Georgia, including those injured in Atlanta, Newnan, Douglasville, Carrollton and Columbus.