Construction Site Car Accidents
According to the National Cooperative Highway Research Program in Washington, DC, nearly 1,100 people die and 50,000 others are injured each year in construction work zones. More crashes occur in longer term construction zones and more than half involve a single vehicle. Roadway construction workers are killed 3 times more frequently than other construction workers. As much of the country’s highways are aging, road construction will be a common hazard for drivers in the years to come.
More than 20,000 workers are hurt in road construction work zones each year, some due to traffic accidents but more due to accidents that are caused by hazards in the construction area. Fortunately, most crashes in work zones are not fatality accidents. Approximately, 25% of work zone crashes resulted in injuries but less than 1% resulted in a fatality.
The majority (41%) of fatal crashes in construction zones were rear-end collisions which is much higher than the rate of all fatal crashes where only 16% can be attributed to rear-end collisions. Most construction site car accidents involve drivers and passengers in cars (85%) not those in large trucks.
However, two percent of all roadway fatalities in the nation are caused by crashes in work zones or almost 2 per day. The primary cause of most (28%) of these fatalities was attributed to speeding and the other two leading factors were lack of seatbelt use (25%) and alcohol (25%). The majority of these crashes were classified as daytime crashes and this type of accidents occurs more frequently on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday during the summer months. More fatal work zone crashes happen on urban interstates and roads, than in rural traffic areas.
Another unfortunate cause of construction site fatalities is when workers are run over or backed over by vehicles or mobile equipment. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, “Between 2005 and 2010 runovers/backovers were the cause of an average of 48% of worker fatalities.” The second most common cause is those where the fatality is caused by a collision between construction vehicles and equipment (19%). Another disastrous situation that causes construction site deaths is when workers are caught between or struck by construction equipment and objects (14%).
Overall, the majority of injuries in road construction work zones are caused by contact with objects or equipment (35%), followed by slips, trips, or falls (20%). Actual transportation incidents only account for 12% of all construction site accidents.
If you or a loved one has been in a construction site accident, Walton Law Firm can help. Our lawyers can assist you in reaching a settlement with the other party’s insurance company to settle your claim or if required, we will file a lawsuit and litigate the matter through trial. As a victim of negligence, you are entitled to financial compensation for your medical expenses, car damage, lost wages, pain, suffering and the overall impact the injury has had on the quality of your life.
Our firm has successfully represented individuals and families who have been victims of all types of car accidents for almost 20 years. We would be happy to provide a free consultation to discuss your case, and we will provide an honest evaluation of your case, and let you know if we can help. If you prefer, you can submit a confidential question online. A firm representative can be reached at (866) 607-1325 or locally in Northern San Diego County at (760) 571-5500.