San Antonio Highway Construction Injury Claim
Construction zones can be dangerous. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, there were more than 26,000 traffic collisions in work zones in 2021. As a result of these crashes, 856 people were seriously injured and 244 people were killed. The majority of those who died were drivers and passengers.
A variety of factors can cause accidents in construction zones, but sometimes collisions occur with construction workers driving massive equipment or vehicles. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident with a construction worker, you may be liable to receive compensation for your injuries and suffering. San Antonio injury attorneys at Carabin Shaw will fight for your case.What Counts as a Construction Zone?
A construction zone or work zone is an area where workers are providing maintenance on roads. Work zones are often marked with signs, flashing lights, barrels or barriers; they also typically require motorists to drive at reduced speeds. Workers do not need to be present in order for a construction zone to be considered a work zone.Who Is Liable for An Accident in a Construction Zone?
As with any motor collision, there are factors to consider when determining who is at fault for a San Antonio Texas road construction accident. In some cases, it may not be easy to establish, and Texas has its own unique laws for construction and work zones.When Is the Construction Company Liable?
A lawyer will help you determine who is at fault. Construction companies have a legal responsibility to provide a safe work environment for their workers, train their workers, and maintain a safe route for the public to drive through. If a construction worker is found to be at-fault for your accident, then the construction company may be liable for your injuries. Our car accident injury attorneys in San Antonio will help you build a case.
Some examples for when the construction company is liable include:
- The design of the construction zone requires motorists to make sudden or hazardous maneuvers on the road
- There is a lack of or improperly placed signs or barriers
- The warning signs are inaccurate
- The operation of construction equipment impairs passage of moving vehicles through the work zone
- The worker driving the construction vehicle or equipment was not properly trained
Sometimes accidents are caused by distracted or reckless driving. The driver may be at fault for the collision in the following situations:
- The driver was distracted, such as texting or talking on the phone while driving
- The driver was driving recklessly, including speeding. Work zones typically require drivers to drive at speeds under the normal legal speed limit.
If you are not certain who is at fault for the accident, you may still be able to file a San Antonio highway construction injury claim. Texas uses a modified comparative negligence law. That means that if you are found partially at fault, you could still receive partial compensation if a judge or court rules that you are less than 50 percent responsible for the collision. An attorney will conduct a thorough investigation of your case.Contact Us for a Free Case Review
If you or a loved one have been injured in a collision with a construction vehicle in a work zone, you may be liable to receive compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages due to missing work, and more. Read through Carabin Shaw’s client reviews and know that our staff will go above and beyond to fight for compensation you are owed.
We offer a free case review / initial consultation. Professionals are ready to speak with you 24/7, and both English-speaking and Spanish-speaking staff are available. Call toll-free: 800-862-1260