There always seems to be road construction throughout the state of New Jersey. No matter where you turn, you are driving through an active work zone. These work zones are dangerous for those working in them and the motorists driving through them. The sad fact of the matter is that road construction accidents happen all too often. Let’s examine work zone accidents and outline how to file a claim and seek compensation for your injuries.
Causes of Work Zone Accidents
The most common causes of highway construction accidents include the following:
- Improper maintenance of the work zone
- Negligent Maintenance of Traffic Plan
- Insufficient lighting or reflectors
- A steep drop in the pavement between lanes
- Defects in construction
- Dangerous electrical hazards
- Failure to comply with roadway regulations
- Barricades around or in the work zone
- Negligent operation of machinery
- Inadequate or improper signage
File a Claim Against the Driver or Other Third Party
More often than not, motorists ignore traffic signs and other warnings about construction zones ahead. This inattentive and careless driving can cause accidents that leave construction workers with serious injuries. If you suffer injuries in such an accident, you can file a claim against the driver.
In 2016, more than 140 construction workers died in work zone accidents. A significant number of these accidents were due to driver negligence. Speeding, impairment, and distractions are among the most common negligent actions of motorists involved in work zone incidents.
A claim against a third party is your best option when injured in a construction zone accident. Third parties include drivers, product manufacturers, equipment manufacturers, coworkers, employers, and others. A third-party claim will help you acquire the most compensation possible for your injuries.
File a Workers’ Compensation Claim
You also have the option of filing a workers’ compensation claim when injured in a construction zone accident. Since you were technically on the job at the time of the accident, you might be able to obtain workers’ compensation benefits if you file a claim. This outcome is not always the case, which is why it’s crucial to speak to an attorney before making your decision. If workers’ compensation is an option, the benefits will help pay for the following:
- Temporary disability
- Medical expenses
- Permanent disability
- Rehabilitation for a new avenue of employment
It’s important to note that you are limited in the amount of compensation you can obtain with a workers’ compensation claim. If you file this type of claim, the law prohibits you from suing your employer or coworkers for your injuries as well, even though they might share responsibility in the accident.
Injured in a Work Zone? Contact a New Jersey Personal Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one suffered an injury in a work zone, it is in your best interest to speak with an experienced New Jersey personal injury attorney. Whether you were walking past the work zone, working in the construction zone, or traveling near the work zone, you are entitled to compensation for your injuries. The Law Offices of James C. DeZao, P.A. will fight tirelessly on your behalf to get you the compensation you deserve. Remember, with us, it’s personal. Call us today at 1-833-JIMHELPS to schedule a free, confidential consultation.