Over the past few years, motorists in Dallas and all across Texas have gotten used to seeing work zones on roadways and highways. “A work zone is an area undergoing construction, maintenance, or utility-related repairs of the road or highway,” explains our Dallas car accident attorney at Law Office of Dorothy Hyde.
Typically, these work zones are surrounded by signs and barriers, the combination of which help prevent car accidents in the area by slowing down traffic or redirecting vehicles where roadway construction work involves planned road closures.
Work zones are responsible for hundreds of thousands of car crashes in the U.S. each year. In fact, statistics show that approximately 700 people die and 40,000 others are injured in work zone accidents.
Those of you who think that negligence on the part of construction companies conducting roadway construction work and repairs are always to blame for causing work zone car accidents, this is not entirely true. In fact, statistically speaking, driver error is the leading cause of motor vehicle accidents in work zones.
There can be literally hundreds of different causes of car crashes in work zones, but it’s no wonder why work zones are considered high-risk areas for car accidents in Dallas and all across Texas. After all, when you have signs, barriers, and heavy construction equipment blocking the driver’s view combined with hundreds or thousands of vehicles trying to make their way through the work zone, there’s no going around the fact that car crashes are going to happen.
Types of car crashes in work zones vary greatly, but the most common ones are:
There are also many work zone car crashes in which vehicles collide with objects such as heavy construction equipment, signage, barricades and barriers, construction materials, water and sand barrel crash cushions, and many more.
Some of you may wonder, “When can another motorist be held liable for a work zone accident?” Generally, car accidents in work zones can be divided into two types: collisions caused by driver error and collision caused by negligence on the part of the construction company.
The other motorist may be held liable for a work zone accident if he or she:
As you can see, this is a non-exclusive list of driving errors that cause work zone accidents. It’s advised to let a Dallas work zone accident attorney review your particular case to determine liability and ensure that you are getting the maximum compensation you deserve.
There are also many cases in which motorists are able to hold the construction company liable for their work zone car accident. You may be able to sue the construction company if that company:
You may want to schedule a free consultation with our Dallas car accident lawyers from Law Office of Dorothy Hyde by calling at 214-883-1700 to determine liability and the value of your damages and losses.
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After I was severely injured, I didn’t know what to do next. One of my colleagues recommended reaching out to Dorothy for representation. When I finally did, I didn’t regret my decision — I received tremendous support and she treated me like family. She brought the best outcome and I’m amazed at the passion she brings into her work. I would recommend her services without any reservation.
I’ve always known that I needed an insurance policy to protect me if I got into a car accident. But when I got involved in a car crash, I realized how important it is to have a lawyer protect me from my insurance company! This firm settled my case really quickly and delivered excellent results. Dottie secured a fair and equitable settlement, and I’d recommend her to anyone in need of good counsel and representation.
Thank you for bringing my claim against the construction company to a successful conclusion. You made the process less intimidating and made me feel like the struggle I had to endure was valid. It has helped me cope with a lot of post-accident challenges differently. You were more than I expected — thanks again.
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