Every year, thousands of accidents occur in road work zones also called construction zones in Ohio. Many of these accidents are caused by distracted drivers who are not putting their full attention to the road, but others may be fully or partly due to poor design or setup of a construction zone. When a roadway contractor or municipal agency is to blame for your car accident in Dayton, Ohio, it may affect your ability to get compensation in your car accident claim, and it means your case needs to be handled by an experienced personal injury attorney.
Types of Accidents in Construction Zones
Construction zones increase the risks of many types of car accidents, including:
- Rear end car accidents
- Sideswipe and merging car accidents
- Car accidents with heavy trucks
- Single-car accidents due to loss of control
- Car accident due to impact with temporary barriers
Often, these car accidents can be prevented with proper design of work zones.
How Work Zones Increase Car Accident Risks
Construction zones can increase car accident risks by:
- Surprising drivers
- Introducing new hazards such as:
- Grade changes
- Construction supplies or equipment
- Forcing drivers to merge unexpectedly
- Causing delays that lead to road rage
- Allowing heavy trucks to enter and leave traffic in unusual places
To some extent, these new risks are inherent whenever road work occurs, but contractors and others performing road work can minimize the risks by following appropriate practices.
Was Your Car Accident Caused by Work Zone Negligence?
If you suspect that your car accident was caused not only by the other driver, but also by the contractor managing the work zone, an experienced lawyer can help you. Dayton, Ohio attorney Anthony Castelli is determined to ensure that his clients get the best representation possible for their case. This means investigating a work zone to determine whether:
- Other accidents occurred in the work zone
- Accident frequency increased when the work zone was set up
- Accidents in the work zone all fit a certain pattern
- Contractor violated accepted safety standards or guidelines
- Employees or others warned contractor of potential dangers
If we find evidence that your accident was due in part to negligence by the contractor or public entity performing the road work, we will pursue compensation from all responsible parties, not just other drivers that may have been involved. This may significantly increase your potential contribution.
If you’ve been involved in a car accident in a road work zone in the Dayton, Ohio area, please 614-438-2672 or click here to contact attorney Anthony Castelli today for a free consultation on your legal rights and options.