As are most construction zones, road construction zones can be hazardous. There are many different ways car accidents can occur in or near them. There are two main factors that must be taken into account, them and you. There may be mistakes made by the private construction companies or municipalities that you should be on the lookout for. There are also certain responsibilities that you are held liable for. Please take into consideration the following in order to understand the distinction and who is at fault:
When They Are Liable
It is imperative that motorists are given visible and timely warning of road construction zones. The types of signs, number of, and position of these signs, are all part of federal and state regulations. If the companies or communities fail to use the proper signs there may not be ample warning and by extension can lead to injuries.
In many state laws, how sharply motorists can be required to turn and the speeds of the turns are documented. Motorists should be aware of road changes as a sudden sharp turn at a high speed can increase the likelihood of accidents. If this happens, the municipality or construction company may be liable for any injuries.
While roads are under construction there may be temporarily uneven pavement. If the uneven pavement is unmarked it can be hazardous to motorists, most especially motorcyclists. It is always important to report poor conditions of the pavement as the state is responsible for fixing the issue to avoid damage to commuters’ vehicles.
Keep in mind that to actually blame them, you would have to prove they acted negligently. This would be best accomplished by hiring city or state specific attorney. For instance, if you were in a scenarios where your car was damaged in a county in Denver you would seek a Denver personal injury attorney who specializes in car accidents.
When You Are Liable
Reduce your speed when you are getting close to a work zone. It is often illegal to drive at the normal posted speed limit in a construction zone. By reducing your speed, you are allowing more time for any type of reaction to take place in case of an emergency. Allowing yourself additional reaction time can act as a game-changer to avoid hazardous highways accidents resulting in injury and even death. This can be easily avoided when you abide by speed limits, especially while in work zone areas. You will also want to keep a steady speed with the traffic flow and correct your speed to match the current weather conditions.
Allocate room for yourself and other drivers. Try to provide enough braking room between your vehicle and the car in front of you. To ensure you are giving enough room a good rule of thumb is the two second rule. You want to give two seconds from the time the car in front of you passes an object, and the time your own vehicle passes that object. Also be sure to maintain a safe distance between your vehicle and all construction objects (traffic barriers and construction equipment) and workers.
Driving too close to barriers, including the shoulder, can also play as a hazardous role in holding your liable for any highways accidents. Driving across the median is a major red flag. This could cause a very hazardous situation for you, construction workers and/or other motorists. And if not, there can be heavy fines levied by the police.
Another hazardous act that leaves drivers responsible is tailgating. Tailgaters should not be made to move back by you stepping on your brakes or slowing down too much. These actions can increase the probability of road rage and lead to the possibility of an accident. Wherever it is possible pull up to the curb and allow an aggressive driver to pass.
No matter who might be at fault during an accident, the safety of all commuters is accomplished when we’re all doing our part to ensure that we drive will our undivided attention so that we might be able to notice the signage that is displayed. Driving is a privilege as we entrust our states to provide responsible workers to properly inform us of any construction that lies ahead.
Author: Matt Rhoney