The construction industry is a dangerous one to choose as a profession, but construction zones can also be dangerous areas for passerby. Sometimes safety violations or general negligence can cause passing motorists or pedestrians to be harmed in a construction zone. When this happens, there are options for the injured individuals. Here are some commonly asked questions about construction zone injuries.
"How do construction injuries happen?"
There are a number of ways someone could be injured in a construction zone. Some of the most common situations are falling objects, improper, confusing or missing signage to warn of dangers, and heavy equipment on site that can cause motor vehicle accidents.
"Is someone at fault if I am injured near or in a construction zone?"
Not every injury will be the fault of another person; for example, if there is clear signage telling cars to be cautious and to slow to 30 mph near the construction zone but a driver maintains a high speed anyway, the driver would likely be found at fault for a resulting car crash.
However, many injuries in construction zones could be due to negligence or safety violations. Construction injury cases can become very complicated when trying to prove fault though. Many parties can be involved, such as the owner of the construction company, individual workers on the site, third-party contracting companies, the owner of the site itself, etc.
"Can I pursue a personal injury claim?"
If you are hurt near or in a construction zone and you think someone else may be at fault for what happened, you can consult an attorney about your case to determine the best course of action. If you have a legitimate case, it is crucial to have a skilled personal injury attorney on your side, due to the complex nature of fault in construction zone injuries and the many parties who could be involved.
"What compensation could I receive from a personal injury claim?"
After an injury, you need time to recover and rest. It can be hard to find peace of mind if you have to worry about medical bills and whether or not you are able to return to work. With a personal injury lawyer at your side fighting for your rights, you could be compensated for:
· Medical bills
· Lost wages from missed work time
· Physical and mental suffering