A crash in Aberdeen, Maryland in mid-October 2017 resulted in an extensive disruption of traffic. The crash, which occurred in a construction zone area at the intersection of Route 22 and Beards Hill Road, downed a light pole and disabled the operation of traffic lights. The incident forced drivers to avoid the intersection for several hours and follow an alternate traffic pattern.
All too often, the environment around construction zones is prone to vehicular accidents. Thousands of victims incur injuries in these zones each year, even when there are posted traffic warnings about the presence of construction and reduced speed limits.
Construction zone car crash statistics
Through its Work Zone Management Program, the U.S. Department of Transportation monitors traffic accidents in construction areas on a regular basis. A recent report issued by the Department covering the time period from 2008 to 2015 reveals the following statistics:
- In 2015, the average number accidents in construction zones injuring one or more persons was 70 each day.
- In 2015, about 96,000 accidents in construction zones occurred, a 7.8% increase over 2014 figures. However, the 2015 figures are a stunning 42% higher (67,887) compared to 2013 figures.
- A little more than one-quarter of all construction area accidents result in an injury. About .07% of these accidents result in a death.
Liability issues for work zone crash victims
When another party is responsible for your car crash, as the plaintiff, you must prove the other driver’s negligence resulted in the crash and your losses, including injuries. In such cases, you would typically file a claim with the insurance company of the negligent motorist to achieve a negotiated settlement. If no settlement can be achieved this way, the option of filing a lawsuit remains.
However, when the conditions in a construction work zone contribute to a car crash, the questions of liability become more complex. The cause of the crash must be identified – this can include narrow lanes, improper signage, or improperly positioned construction equipment. The defendants that may be responsible in these cases include the general contractor and any subcontractors operating under the general contractor as well as the governmental entity contracting the roadwork.
An experienced construction zone injury attorney can help you navigate the labyrinth of construction law & governmental regulations as all liable parties try to avoid responsibility.
If you have incurred injuries in a recent car crash within a construction zone and you believe other parties are responsible, the Maryland car accidents lawyers of Plaxen & Adler, P.A. are here to help. We can investigate the circumstances of your crash in move forward quickly to determine any compensation you are owed for your losses. Call us today at 410.988.4449 or send us a message through our contact form to request a free case evaluation.