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oad work is a fact of life. Anyone driving for any distance in Birmingham or elsewhere in Alabama is likely to encounter a work zone at some point in the journey. In fact, as the infrastructure in the U.S. ages, more roads will need to be resurfaced and rebuilt by construction crews. People are likely to see increasing amounts of road construction.
Unfortunately, work zones are dangerous places. This is true for both drivers and construction workers. Many people don’t know how to respond safely in work zones, especially if they have to merge lanes. Others will get impatient with the traffic that is often caused by construction. They may make dangerous driving decisions due to their irritation.
Causes of Alabama Construction Zone Accidents
Construction zone accidents can occur for many different reasons. For example, a driver, passenger, pedestrian, motorcycle rider, bike rider or construction worker could be injured in a construction zone as a result of:
These are just a few potential causes of construction site crashes. Determining the cause of the accident is very important in order to determine who can be held legally responsible for the crash. Construction site accidents often cause serious injury or even death. The person injured can take action to recover compensation from the responsible party.
Negligent Road Construction
Freeway and roadway construction often leads to excessive amount of debris and other unexpected hazards, making it difficult and dangerous for people to drive. There are many different precautions that should be taken to give drivers adequate notification that the road condition may change, such as properly displayed road signs, making them aware of possible driving maneuvers that they may have to use to prevent accidents and injuries. Without these precautions, drivers and passengers are at risk for serious injuries.
Types of Interstate Accidents
The Dangers of Interstate Accidents
When an interstate accident happens, the crash may be much more dangerous than other types of accidents. There are many reasons that interstate accidents tend to be severe, and drivers face risks including:
Defective Road Accidents
The Birmingham defective road accident lawyers at Belt & Bruner, P.C., know that many car accidents are caused by poorly designed or maintained roads. When government entities or their contractors fail to meet their duties of building and maintaining safe roads, we believe they should be held fully accountable for any injuries that result from their negligence.
Road Defects Caused by Poor Highway / Road Maintenance and Construction
Poorly maintained roads also cause car wrecks. When a government or its contractors neglect a road, traffic signs and signals and the surrounding area, the road can become unsafe. Road maintenance problems include:
Sometimes, construction projects render a road unsafe. For example, the government may start a construction project to make a road safer but then fail to provide a safe path for travel during the construction phase. These are commonly called “work zone accidents” or “road construction accidents.”