March 1, 2012
Construction Site and Road Work Zone Injuries
Road construction projects pose significant risk of injury to all workers involved. Even though barriers may be set up, signs used or flagmen in place, a driver’s negligence or failure to pay attention can lead to serious injury or death, not only to workers, but to other motorists. A variety of factors can contribute to an injury, making it difficult to establish who was responsible. You want an experienced lawyer to protect your rights.
At the Todd J. Leonard Law Firm, we have been representing injured people for over 25 years, in Morristown, Denville, Newark, as well the entire State of New Jersey. Attorney Todd Leonard was named New Jersey Super Lawyers in 2011. For a free initial consultation, contact our office online, or call us at at (973) 920-7900.
The Risk of a Road Construction Injury
Data gathered by the New Jersey Department of Transportation supports the fact that road construction projects pose significant risk of injury to workers involved. A study by the DOT showed that between 2002 and 2009, there were more than 42,000 accidents in work zones in New Jersey. That’s more than 5,000 every year. In the last year of the study, there were 10 fatal accidents in construction zones in New Jersey.
Construction zone accidents can take a variety of forms:
- A motorist may be traveling at an excessive speed and either rear-end or sideswipe another vehicle
- A motorist may get too close to a barrier or cone and lose control of their vehicle
- Traffic may be moving at very slow speeds, requiring constant attention from a driver. A brief loss of attentiveness can result in a collision
- The road construction company may fail to provide adequate warning or signage, or may be negligent in the placement of barriers or cones
- The detour may be unsafe, as it may include lanes that are too narrow, or curves that are too sharp, particularly for wet or icy conditions
- The road construction workers may leave dangerous items on the roadway, including construction dust, gravel or other objects
- The vision of motorists may be impaired by construction objects, including scaffolding, or bright lights used during nighttime road construction
Contact Our Office
We have a comprehensive knowledge of the laws and regulations governing roadway design or construction defects. For a free initial consultation, contact us by e-mail or call the office of the Todd J. Leonard Law Firm, at (973) 920-7900. Se habla español.