Construction Zone Car Accidents
Construction zone accidents are very common in Seattle and Kirkland. This is because of the sheer volume of construction that is taking place on the roads in and around Seattle and the eastside of the city. These accidents can be very serious in nature because the road may not be even or level, resulting in serious accidents.
Uneven or non-level roads can also be especially hazardous to motorcycles and bikes. When you couple a dangerous, or at least unsafe, road condition with a car accident, truck or SUV accident, and the possibility for a serious or deadly crash can become very high.Washington State Construction Zone Car Accident Laws
Washington State has strict laws concerning construction sites. The laws are meant to protect the workers in the construction zone, but they are also meant to protect the drivers who drive through the construction zone areas. In most instances, accidents occur because people are not accustomed to the sharp drop in the speed limit when they enter a construction zone. The most common reasons for construction zone car accidents are:
- Speeding too fast for conditions
- Not paying attention to the construction zone signs
- Failing to yield to traffic
- Failing to stop for a flagger
All of these reasons are common for car accidents in construction zones. Another common reasons for construction accidents occurs when a driver collides with a construction vehicle for the city or sate. The law is that if the vehicle has a reflective orange triangle on the back of the truck it is going less than 25 miles per hour. By far, the most common accidents occur when a driver is simply going too fast for the construction site’s conditions, which can mean uneven or non-level roads and surfaces.
Many people do not know that at 50 miles per hour, it can take 400 feet to bring a normal car to a stop. Even at 30 miles per hour, it can take almost 200 feet to bring a car to a stop. The statistics concerning the sheer volume of construction site accidents are alarming. Of all the accidents reported, 73% involved property damage. 26.4% involved at least one person getting hurt and .7% had one person being killed. A construction zone accident took place every 5.4 minutes and every day 70 work crashes occurred that caused one injury. In total, there were 86,626 crashes in work zone in 2015, which is the most recent national data available. This is a 42% increase from the year before.
In most cases, the responsible party, and indeed the only party available to sue, would be the at-fault driver who hit you, whether that is an SUV, car, truck, or motorcycle. However, there are some instances when you may have a claim against the city, state, or county for not having a safe road design or not maintaining a road in the proper way. These cases are called unsafe road design cases and they can be difficult to win because you have to prove there was a highway or road design defect, or that the city, state, or county was not safe in the way they maintained their construction or work site.Common Construction or Work Site Car Accident Injuries
If you have been injured in an accident while driving through a construction or work zone, you likely have a serious injury. Some of the most common injuries are:
- Bulging discs
- Herniated discs
- Back problems
Many of these medical conditions can worsen with time, so it is important to seek medical attention from a medical doctor, chiropractor, massage therapist, or physical therapist. These providers can help address your injuries.How The Jackman Law Firm can Help
If you have been injured while in a construction or work zone car accident, the chances are that you’re experiencing a lot of pain and discomfort. You may be getting phone calls and letters from the insurance company for the driver who hit you and your own car insurance company. You may not be told what you are allowed to receive under Washington State law for your injuries. You are allowed to receive:
- Money for pain and suffering
- Money for lost wages
- Money for your medical bills
- Money for loss of consortium
- Money for out of pocket expenses
The Jackman Law Firm can help you recover money for all of these things, despite what the insurance company may be telling you. In addition, there are instances when you have to prove that you were not at fault for the accident, in which case you we can help you prove your case by hiring a private investigator, speaking to witnesses, and interviewing the police, if they happened to have conducted an investigation themselves.
Feel free to call us for a free consultation.