Construction Site Accidents
Many of us know that construction sites can be a pain. They can cause long delays and traffic jams. It can cause roads to be closed and require us to take another route to work or to run errands. However, construction sites can be even more dangerous if signs are missing or labeled incorrectly or if we are distracted by the construction itself. If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident and you believe a construction zone may have been the cause, you should speak to a dangerous construction zone and personal injury lawyer with the Higgins Firm. We will review your case and help you get the compensation you need for any injuries you may have suffered.Ignoring What Happened is Not a Good Idea
Unfortunately many people choose to ignore the accident and their injuries. When these incidents go unreported, especially those involving a construction site, problems that may have been the cause may go unaddressed. Furthermore, people who were injured because of negligence may not get the compensation they deserve.Why Do Some People Ignore What Happened?
Some people feel like they could lose their job if they report it. Others are afraid of e=being blamed. There is also the idea that the victim might feel like they have to take responsibility. For example, if a person slipped and fell in a construction zone, they might think they are at fault. Thoughts like these won't help the situation. If you are having these thoughts, or are concerned about taking action, calling a construction site accident lawyer in Tennessee should be the next step you take. Only a lawyer can help you to understand if you have a case. You owe it to yourself, and everyone else who might be at risk, to explore your legal options. In doing so, compensation may be available. You might also prevent an injury from happening again.How Common are Construction Zone Related Accidents?
According to the statistics reported by The Occupational Safety and Health Administration hazards on construction sites accord for not only drivers or pedestrians but also for workers on the actual construction site. The agency reported these facts including but not limited to:
- During the main “construction season” an estimated one-fifth of the roads across the United States are under construction with more than three thousand construction zones.
- Approximately twelve billion vehicle miles each year are through construction zones that are active.
- A construction zone can be seen for every one hundred miles that people drive on the highways.
- Approximately three construction zone deaths occur each day.
- More than forty thousand people may suffer a construction zone related injury each year.
State and federal governments are responsible for interstate, state and county construction. If a government faces a lawsuit because of construction, they typically claim they are immune from liability because of “sovereign immunity” which often means that the government cannot be sued. However, each state may have certain laws that allow for exceptions when it comes to the issues of road construction, cleaning, or maintenance. Governments are responsible for any negligence that occurs during construction, cleaning or maintenance of the highways, roads, sidewalks, parking structures, bridges or runways. These exceptions mean that a person who may suffer an injury or death in a construction zone may be able to receive compensation for medical costs, loss of income, or pain and suffering if the government is found to be negligent during construction. In order to prove that government was negligent, an investigation into the construction companies. If a construction worker is injured while on the job, they be able to receive workers' compensation. If someone is injured while walking or driving through a construction zone then they must be able to provide proof that the government or construction company failed to act with a reasonable amount of care and this failure led to the injury or death that occurred.How Can a Tennessee Construction Zone and Personal Injury Lawyer Help Me?
These types of cases can often be confusing and complex because they require a certain amount of proof. If you or someone you care about has been injured or died because of a construction zone, then you should contact one of our experienced lawyers at the Higgins Firm. We will help you investigate and gather the evidence needed to prove that the construction companies and actions of the government were negligent. We will make sure you receive any compensation you are entitled to for what you have been through.
Please contact us today online or by calling 800.705.2121 to discuss your legal options.