When the roads are in poor condition, they must be repaired. However, one of the dangers of construction is that it can lead to auto accidents, pedestrian accidents and various types of personal injuries. In Texas, these incidents often occur while construction is performed on roads.
There are many causes. Sometimes cones or signs are moved or misplaced. This makes it impossible for many drivers to maneuver around the road work safely. Construction debris litters the road, making it even more dangerous than damaged streets.
If these zones pose dangers to drivers, accidents occur. Even though there are laws to protect drivers in these situations, some people simply don’t follow them. If you have been injured in a road construction accident in San Antonio, contact the Villarreal & Begum Law Firm. Our experienced, compassionate lawyers will fight for the compensation you deserve.
San Antonio drivers see construction on the roads almost all the time. These zones pose dangers to drivers, pedestrians, and workers. Some of the threats include:
Maneuvering through a construction zone can be confusing. They are often congested and complicated for both pedestrians and drivers. There are man-made mazes created using highways signs, barriers and traffic cones. This causes traffic patterns to change rapidly, which can lead to disaster.
If just one driver isn’t paying attention, this person can run into another vehicle, strike barriers or end up in right in the middle of the construction zone. Wrecks like these lead to injured pedestrians, drivers, passengers and construction workers.
A report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed the following stats:
All across America, 37,000 injuries are reported every year at work zones related to road construction. This equates to an injury in work zones approximately every 15 minutes. That’s over 100 injuries daily!
The even more astonishing fact about the dangers of road construction is that many of these incidents occur during the daytime.
Drivers who carelessly ignore reduced speed limits and warning signs pose a significant threat to people working in construction zones. Keeping them safe also requires that the entire crew follows best practice rules and regulations. If not, someone can be seriously injured or killed.
Close to 1,000 construction site workers were killed between 2003 and 2010 in the United States. Only around 15% were simply walking through the site. The majority were actually working on-site when the accidents occurred.
In addition, hundreds of motorists are fatally wounded each year while driving through road construction zones.
A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report released in 2014 showed that 104 road workers died in Texas alone from motor vehicle accidents. Most of these road construction worker deaths were preventable.
These are just some of the common occupations known to die from work zone related injuries:
Most of these work-related deaths occurred within the private sector of the industry. Only about 10% of these workers were employed by local or state governments.
If you’ve been injured in a construction incident while walking, driving or working on Texas roadways, you have recourse and rights. Hire a local personal injury attorney to represent you, and file a lawsuit to fight for the help you need paying medical bills and recovering from lost wages.
The Villarreal & Begum Law Firm is an industry leader in the San Antonio area. Our skilled attorneys provide the following services for workers hurt in road construction accidents:
Have the dangers of road construction left you injured due to an accident? Then, fight for your rights. Get the help you need to win your case so you can recover medically and financially.