Work Zone Accidents
Construction and industrial activities are a critical component of ensuring that our economy stays healthy. They also may pose a serious danger to motorists, however, especially if construction companies fail to set up and maintain their work zones in an appropriate and safe manner. In 2012, for example, there were nearly 4,700 accidents that occurred in work zones in Florida, leading to dozens of deaths and thousands of injuries. At the Law Office of Adam Baron, our experienced Naples car accident attorneys have counseled many victims and helped them seek justice from those who have harmed them.Common Issues in Work Zone Accident Cases
There are several entities in Florida that create rules for ensuring that work zones on the road are maintained in a safe manner. These state agencies and local governing bodies have provided rules and minimum standards for barricades, signage, and flags. The Florida Department of Transportation also produces a Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, which provides safety protocols for construction zones. Also, the Florida Department of Transportation has implemented a Work Zone Mobility and Safety Program. The main goal is to reduce motorists’ speed in work zones. This program dictates when a work crew must use certain signs and speed reductions to ensure worker and motorist safety. Some of the most common dangerous conditions that may arise in work zones are improperly placed temporary lane markers, insufficient warning signs, missing barriers or improperly placed barriers, construction equipment or debris on the roadway, and improper road maintenance.
A work zone accident victim may bring a personal injury claim to seek compensation for their harm. Knowing which entities to name in the lawsuit may be difficult, especially when a construction project is publicly funded. It is critical to include all of the entities that may be responsible for your injuries to ensure that you increase your chance of receiving the full amount of compensation that you deserve. The first step to prevailing in a personal injury lawsuit is to show that the defendant owed you a duty of care and failed to act according to that duty. In the context of a work zone accident case, the applicable rules and regulations will primarily inform the duty of care that a defendant needed to exhibit. Next, the plaintiff must show that the defendant’s lack of due care was the cause of their injuries. In other words, the plaintiff must demonstrate that they would not have been injured but for the defendant’s negligent conduct. Finally, the plaintiff will be asked to offer evidence substantiating the forms of compensation that they are seeking, such as medical bills, missed paychecks, lost earning capacity, and diminished quality of life.Consult a Dedicated Car Accident Attorney in Naples
If you have been involved in a car accident resulting from an improperly maintained work zone, you may be entitled to compensation. The dedicated and tenacious Naples car accident lawyers at the Law Office of Adam Baron are ready to help you investigate your potential claim, gather evidence, retain witnesses, negotiate with insurance companies, and craft a strategy for trial. We have counseled clients in many areas of South Florida, including Fort Myers, Coral Springs, Tamarac, North Miami Beach, and other cities in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. Contact us online or call us to set up a free consultation with a motor vehicle collision attorney. You can reach us in Broward County at (954) 247-4878, in Miami-Dade County at (305) 770-2131, or in Naples/Fort Myers at (239) 352-5511.