St. Louis Construction Zone Accident Attorney
Advocacy for individuals injured in car crashes in MO and IL work zones
Like it or not, part of highway driving means navigating through construction zones. The only way to keep our roads and highways safe and drivable is through regular maintenance, and often this entails getting the work done while drivers are still using the roadway. Making a highway navigable while workers are paving or repairing the road must be done properly and safely, or a crash can easily occur, causing serious injuries and damage.
At The Hayden Law Firm, we understand how construction zones can create hazardous situations for cars and pedestrians alike. After an accident, when you take action against the negligent party for your injuries, it can often lead to improved safety measures to reduce the risks of future harm to other people. Our record of success and client testimonials speaks to our experience and dedication to our clients. Contact us today for a free, no-risk consultation. We serve the greater St. Louis area and Illinois.
What are construction zone accidents?
Because construction is an active process, construction zones change daily, forcing the people driving through them to make quick adjustments. Detours, traffic jams, reduced number of lanes, changes in speed, the presence of workers and equipment on the road — all of these things combined can make for risky conditions.
The laws governing construction sites and zones are designed to make the navigation process easier for motorists, but any errors in following these regulations can result in car crashes, injuries, and fatalities. For example, between 2018 and 2019, fatal crashes in construction zones increased by 11 percent, while other fatal accidents decreased by two percent.
In 2019, a total of 842 people were killed in construction zone accidents – 690 drivers/passengers, 140 pedestrians and cyclists, and 12 other types of individuals.
How do work zone accidents happen?
Construction zones can be confusing to navigate, and often a crash is a result of improper work zone setup or negligence on the part of a worker. Examples of negligence can include:
- Incorrect, misplaced, or lack of warning signs
- Lack of speed limit markers
- Loose gravel or debris
- Machinery blocking roadways
- Missing cones or barriers
- Poor lighting or too bright lighting
- Slow-moving or idling work vehicles
- Steep drop-offs
- Tools or objects in roadway
- Unclear traffic signals indicating where to proceed
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If you have been injured in a car crash because a worker or construction company was negligent, you may be eligible for compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, property damage, pain and suffering, and more. An experienced St. Louis personal injury attorney at The Hayden Law Firm can explain more.
What are my rights as a pedestrian by a construction zone?
When pedestrians must walk through construction zones to get where they need to go, they should have a reasonable expectation of safety when following designated pathways. For example, OSHA provides federal regulations for construction companies for setting up proper blockades, ensuring the safety of pedestrians and passers-by, and to warn them of any potential hazards.
If the company and/or its workers fail to do so, you are at risk of experiencing a variety of accidents, including:
- Electrocution from exposed or faulty wiring
- Being struck by heavy equipment or machinery
- Falling debris
- Explosions and fires
- Machinery malfunctions
- Falling from scaffolding
- Exposure to contaminants like asbestos and toxic chemicals
If you suffered any of the above accidents, you may be eligible to file a claim for premises liability. An attorney from The Hayden Law Firm can consult with you to find out more about your accident and your case.
Who is liable for my injuries in a St. Louis work zone accident?
Whether you were involved in an auto accident while driving through or by a work zone, the key to a successful claim is assigning liability. In these types of cases it can be a complex matter of determining who may be responsible for your injuries. Depending on the size and scope of the construction project, there are usually multiple parties involved.
These parties could include the:
- Construction company
- Road crew or one negligent member of the road crew
- Construction site owner
- General and sub-general contractors
- Manufacturers of construction machinery or equipment
- Architects and engineers
- Other drivers
If it is a government-sanctioned project, this creates yet another layer of complexity. The City of St. Louis may be liable if there was municipality neglect. For example, if the city itself failed to provide safe detours or post adequate warning signs, the government may hold partial responsibility for your construction zone accident.
A skilled attorney can help determine not only who is at fault for your accident, but also effectively build a case for why they are required to compensate you for the injuries they caused.
Construction zone accident cases are often more complicated than slipping and falling on the sidewalk or in the street. There are several factors to consider, such as OSHA regulations, unions, and various sources of liability. As a multi-million dollar industry, construction companies employ insurance companies with an army of corporate attorneys at their disposal. Furthermore, cases against the government involve different time restraints and rules than typical personal injury claims.
At The Hayden Law Firm, once we identify the at-fault party for a road construction accident, we then work to prove fault. This involves thorough investigation into the incident, such as taking pictures, accident reconstruction, conducting witness interviews, and more. With over 15 years in the industry, we have built a vast network of resources to effectively build a case on your behalf.
Our intricate understanding of Missouri law helps us build a strong and strategic case, demanding proper and fair compensation for your injuries and losses.
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St. Louis construction zone accident lawyer
After a construction zone accident, The Hayden Law Firm is here to ensure you have everything you need to recover. We will safeguard your right to compensation for your injuries, and hold the responsible parties accountable for their negligence. Get in touch with us today for dedicated, aggressive representation. Please call our offices at 314-480-3100 or fill out our contact form for a free, no-risk consultation. We are based in St. Louis, Missouri, but our firm proudly serves clients throughout Missouri and Illinois.