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Road Construction Accidents


Construction Zone Accident Lawyers

Road construction zones are dangerous areas not only because there are workers present, but because many drivers do not obey safety rules when they are driving in these zones. Alabama highways that are under construction can pose serious and often deadly driving hazards for highway workers. In an effort to mitigate these dangers, highway construction zones are usually conspicuously marked and have reduced speed limits. Even when these measures are taken, sometimes serious accidents can occur? If you have been hurt in a construction site accident in Alabama, talk to construction accident attorney Randy W. Ferguson. With over 50 years of combined experience, we have successfully represented clients who were injured on road construction sites throughout Alabama. We offer no obligation, FREE CONSULTATIONS to all highway construction accident victims and their family members. Home and hospital visits are available if you are unable to come to our Huntsville or Decatur office. Call 256-350-7200 or 256-534-3435. We can help.

Causes of Highway/Interstate Construction Accidents

There are many parties that could potentially be liable in a construction site accident, including the construction crew, other drivers, the state agency responsible for the construction site, or even a vehicle manufacturer. Some of the causes for construction accidents include:

  • Uneven lanes
  • Unmarked construction zones
  • Open holes
  • Speeding and passing
  • Improper vehicle maintenance
  • Construction equipment malfunctions
  • Improperly marked lanes
  • Construction workers in driving lanes
  • Construction vehicle accidents
  • Impaired driving
  • Texting or talking on phone
  • Eating and not paying attention
  • Talking with passengers
  • Leaving objects, tools, vehicles, or other equipment in the roadway
  • Not properly warning drivers of an upcoming work zone
  • Not properly directing traffic if needed
  • Not warning of potential dangers such as uneven lanes

When roads are under construction, drivers often fail to obey safety signs and safety procedures. Drivers should always:

  • Pay attention to the roadway and weather conditions
  • Be prepared to stop and watch traffic patterns
  • Be prepared to merge and change lanes safely
  • Obey all posted speed limits
  • Do not be distracted while driving through a construction zone
  • Do not text or talk on the phone in work zones
  • Use extreme caution when driving through a work zone at night whether workers are present or not
  • Adjust your lane position away from the side where workers and equipment are located when possible
  • Expect delays, plan for them and leave early to reach your destination on time
  • When you can, avoid work zones altogether by using alternate routes

Road construction companies are required to properly mark work zones. These obligations, which construction companies must abide by, are governed by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration, and they include:

  • Marking off areas with signs, cones, panels or barricades
  • Providing proper lighting, in some cases including floodlights and flashing identification beacons, as well as warning lights
  • Setting up temporary traffic signals when necessary
  • Creating buffer space between workers, equipment and traffic

Construction Cones and Lane Dividers

Traffic cones and lane dividers are considered channelizing devices, and the U.S. Department of Transportation requires highway construction companies to put them in place wherever necessary. The idea is to channel drivers into safe routes of travel and, in some cases, protect workers as well.

The DOT even goes so far as to require construction cones to be fluorescent orange or fluorescent yellow and to be at least 28 inches tall when they’re used on freeways and high speed highways.

Free Case Review

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or died in a construction zone accident in Huntsville or Decatur, Alabama, making the decision to hire a lawyer is an important choice that takes careful consideration. Whether you were injured because of a human error, poor road design, or confusing signage, you must act fast.  If you need the best construction zone car accident lawyer you can hire for your injury or wrongful death case, call or email us. Our consultations are free. We can visit you or your loved one at a hospital, residence, or workplace. Some lawyers, due to their lack of skill or resources, may not pursue all claims and compensation available to you. If you have been a victim of an construction zone accident in Huntsville, Alabama, do not hesitate to call our skilled and experienced personal injury attorneys for a free assessment of your situation. Call 256-534-3435. We are here to help.

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303 Williams Avenue SW
Suite 321
Huntsville, AL 35801

Our car accident attorneys serve every city and county in the State of Alabama.