In recent years, Florida has been ranked one of the worst states in the nation when it comes to highway safety. According to data released via navigation app TomTom's traffic index, Miami is ranked 6th nationwide for major traffic congestion.
But it's not only the congested traffic and the reckless driving. An aspect that is often overlooked when taking into account what causes car accidents is driving through roadway construction areas.
As a motorist in South Florida, you are all too aware that work zones are a regular presence on our roads and highways. Although it is indispensable and useful to maintain and improve our roads, construction is also perilous for drivers, pedestrians, and workers. Some of the most catastrophic, and sometimes deadly, car accidents occur in work areas.
Depending on the circumstances, many different parties may be responsible for an unsafe environment. The car accident attorney at The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary represents Miami residents and others who have been hurt in an accident in a construction zone. Assisting injured individuals in Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward, Fort Lauderdale, and Palm Beach Counties, we are dedicated to asserting your rights against those responsible for harming you.
What are the leading causes of construction zone car accidents in Miami?
Construction zone accidents happen regularly on Florida's highways or roads. Work zones are often dangerous for drivers who have to navigate through confusing lane changes as well as signs and objects. Many factors can contribute to car accidents in work zones, including:
Inadequate or faulty signs and warnings
We typically see accidents that take place on roads where the signs are not posted appropriately. The road signs are legally required, and the companies that handle the roadworks are responsible for them.
Many times these signs are missing. For example, drivers frequently see no signs indicating whether they should turn right or left as the lane they are in is ending because the road is under construction. Situations like this create confusion which often leads to car accidents.
The company who is in charge of the works should place cones appropriately to direct drivers. If the signs are not present, there should at least be someone at the construction site in charge of showing drivers what to do. Road construction workers also have the duty of keeping people safe and avoiding accidents.
Injuries caused by hazards in the roadway
What if, while you're driving down the expressway, all of a sudden, a temporary light fixture falls and lands on the roof of your car? One of our clients faced this peril while driving. As a result, he suffered a closed wound concussion with dizziness and debilitating headaches.
Objects falling, flying, or lying in the roadway can be unavoidable in work areas. Damage can be severe, leading you to wonder if your car insurance policy will cover the medical bills and other costs and you may need help figuring out what to do after being hit by or hitting an object in the road.
Here are some of the other frequent errors that increase the risk of accidents, putting both drivers and workers in danger:
- Marking the rails incorrectly
- Leaving the road bumps unmarked
- Leaving uneven or broken areas in the pavement
- Failing to provide guardrails
- Failing to train traffic controllers properly
- Leaving unnecessary signs or markings on the roads
Medical bills and recovery time after a car accident caused by work zone mistakes
Our client who suffered injuries as a result of the car accident caused by a temporary light fixture had to cover medical bills for the hospital emergency room, CT Scans and MRI Imaging tests, and various consultations with neurologists and follow-ups. His recovery process has taken over a year, with some continuing side effects remaining.
However, rest assured that when you have been hurt because of someone else's negligence, you should not be held responsible to pay out-of-pocket the cost of the medical bills that will accumulate.
If you were hurt in a car accident and you don't know what to do, it's important to contact an experienced car accident attorney for legal advice.
How can a Miami lawyer help you after a work zone car accident?
If you get injured in a work zone car accident in Florida, you may file a claim to recover money for your medical damages and pain and suffering. This can be a complicated legal procedure because of the possibility that multiple parties may be responsible for the accident.
That is where a good Florida car accident lawyer comes into play. Clients highly recommend Sean Cleary because he is professional, experienced, dedicated and compassionate, he can sift through and litigate these claims. After consulting with an accident reconstructionist, as well as other experts, which may be necessary to determine liability, Sean Cleary will help you recover the maximum amount you are entitled to.
The same rules don't always apply to work zone accidents as those you would see in other types of traffic accidents. Public involvement in such projects, specialized work zone laws, and negligence standards, can quickly make difficult the way you seek compensation for your injuries.
Sometimes it may be easier to prove liability because of the additional safety laws in place in work zones. Other times, however, especially when a government becomes a defendant, making claims can be complicated and time-consuming, a situation that sometimes is intended to deter litigation even when a government is partially liable for your injuries.
If you or a loved one was injured in a construction zone car accident in Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward, Fort Lauderdale, and Palm Beach Counties, Sean M. Cleary is the personal injury lawyer you need. Call today at 305.416.9805 for a free, no-risk consultation about your car accident or contact us online.