Construction accidents that involve motorists or workers at the site can lead to serious injuries. It stands to reason that roads that are in poor condition need to be repaired. However, a construction site that isn’t set-up, monitored and maintained correctly can be just as dangerous. Although several laws in California regulate vehicle traffic in construction zones, if those regulations are not followed, an accident can occur.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident that involves construction, Los Angeles car accident lawyer David Azizi will review your claim for free and direct you toward you strongest move toward justice and fair compensation. Get started right away by calling (800) 991-5292 or filling out the form on this page.
Los Angeles Construction Car Accident Attorney David Azizi
David Azizi’s legal acumen and hard work help clients in obtaining the compensation they deserve after being injured in an accident. He gathers all the available evidence, which helps him build a strong case for compensation. The information can be used either in civil court or while negotiating on a client’s behalf with the insurance company. David believes strongly that anyone who becomes injured because of someone else’s negligence should not face the financial responsibility for their losses. He will discuss your case, answer your questions and let you know what options are open to you. David can even give you a rough estimate of how much you might recover in damages.
Navigating Your Vehicle to Prevent Construction Accidents
With the increase in population and vehicles from year to year, it isn’t surprising that it is common for a motorist to encounter construction zones. Some are easier to navigate than others. Some are confusing. Problems that a motorist can face while passing through a construction zone include:
- The lane is too narrow for vehicles to pass safely, which can lead to an accident.
- Cones or barrels placed to mark lanes are confusing.
- A flagman is absent, leading motorists to decide which way to proceed.
- Large construction equipment such as bulldozers and dump trucks are moving in and out of the area.
- Turns through the construction site have been made too sharp, causing motorists problems in passing through the area safely.
- Poorly screened or trained workers provide confusing directions.
- Traffic is being rerouted into the opposing lanes, which can cause an accident.
- Cones or barrels have become misplaced and provide a hazard to motorists.
- Other vehicles are illegally trying to pass on the right to get further ahead in the line.
- Lack of appropriately placed or missing warning signs are a problem. Regulations by federal and state entities indicate the number and placement of signs necessary at a construction site.
- Failure to mark areas where the pavement is uneven often causes accidents. Ridges that occur over a certain height are required to have warning signs to avoid collisions.
A motorist who is speeding strikes the back of another vehicle, leading to a multiple-vehicle crash.
Duty by the Entity in Charge of Construction Site
When a construction zone is set up, the entity in charge of the work is responsible for the safety of others. While this might be the construction company, in other cases it may be a government entity such as Caltrans in California, which plans roadwork and closures. Those who are injured in construction accidents are required to prove that negligence occurred such as:
- Obligation to provide a safe construction zone: The construction company or government entity carries the responsibility of erecting and maintaining it in a safe condition for motorists. In other words, they must adhere to federal and state regulations. Failure to do so can result in a claim for negligence.
- Breach of duty that leads to harm: The plaintiff in the case (injured person) must prove that the company or entity’s negligence caused damage to them physically. An experienced personal injury lawyer’s job is to collect that evidence, showing that the entity or company was responsible. Claims in construction accidents can include financial damages for medical costs, property damage, lost wages and the pain and suffering that accompanied the injury.
- Failure to maintain a safe work zone: If a company or entity fails to uphold their duty to keep a construction zone safe for motorists and workers, it would be considered neglectful. For example, motorists have to be warned a certain distance away from entering a construction area to allow them time to lower their speeds and watch for instruction signs, flagmen and how to enter and exit the area. Not providing this information would be considered a breach of their duty, and a motorist who was injured because of this breach would be entitled to file an injury claim holding the entity or company liable.
What Do Do Following a Construction Area Accident
Knowing what to do following an accident can ensure that you take the steps necessary to protect your claim following an accident injury. These steps include:
- Staying calm and at the scene of the crash.
- Checking to see if anyone is injured, including yourself. If it is an emergency situation, call 911. The driver and passengers should get checked out by a physician or at the emergency room to make sure they are all right and to provide a record in the event a claim arises later. After all, not all injuries appear right away, and symptoms can be delayed.
- Turn your flashers on, and remain in your vehicle if possible. If your vehicle is at risk of being struck again, get out on the side nearest the curb.
- Report the accident to police. When speaking to police, do not admit blame, and use caution if you are asked about injuries. If you don’t know if you are injured, say so.
- If you read any incorrect or contradictory statements in the police report, talk to the police, and tell them that the information is wrong.
- Police will collect information from everyone involved in the accident if they come to the crash site. If they do not come, you have to exchange information with any other drivers, passengers, witnesses, etc. Remember to ask to take a look at their insurance card and get that information. Don’t forget to obtain the make, model and license plate number of other vehicles involved in the crash.
- Take photos of damage to the vehicles and your and your passengers’ injuries.
- Call your insurance company and your lawyer to report the accident. Your attorney can advise you on what to do next.
Free Case Review of LA Construction Zone Car Accidents
Construction zone car accident lawyer David Azizi has an impressive record of winning 98 percent of his cases for his clients due to his compassion, doggedness and legal expertise. This is why Super Lawyers, the legal ranking firm, consistently names him as one of the top personal injury lawyers in Los Angeles year after year. For your no-obligation, free consultation, call David today at (800) 991-5292 to consult him about your case. You can also message David online, if you prefer, and he will contact you as soon as he can.