In 2012, Florida was one of the top three states with the most traffic-related fatalities in work zones. claimed at least 50 lives that year in Florida. In 2013, there were 67,523 work zone accidents nationwide in the United States. Even though the number of work zone accidents may have been lower in 2013 than previous years, the number of work zone injuries related to traffic accidents increased. Approximately 47,758 injuries were reported that year in work zone accidents. Work zones and construction zones are common throughout Florida. We need works zones in order to repair our roads and improve the flow of traffic. Unfortunately, these spots are hazardous for workers and for motorists. Even though speed limits are reduced in work zones, some motorists choose to exceed the posted speed limits placing everyone in danger. Other motorists pay more attention to their cell phones or other devices than to the road ahead of them. Factors that make work zones more hazardous for workers and motorists include:
- Narrowing of lanes/changing traffic patterns
- Men and women working close to traffic
- Debris from work left on the road
- Equipment and machinery left near or on the side of the road
- Failure of motorist to slow down and pay attention
- Placement of barricades
The most important thing to remember when traveling through work zones and construction zones is to slow down and remain alerted. Traveling in the lane furthest from the workers and putting additional distance between you and the vehicle in front of you can also prevent a work zone accident. Always be prepared for the unexpected when traveling through a work zone.
What Should I Do If I Am Injured In A Work Zone?
If you are injured in a work zone accident, your first priority is your health. Seek medical attention even if you do not believe you are seriously injured. You could have an injury that does not immediately present symptoms. It is always best to be checked by a medical professional after any traffic accident. Work zone accidents can be complex. The accident could be the fault of another driver; however, the accident could be the fault of a construction worker or a contractor. Because your car accident claim may involve multiple parties, large companies, and government entities, you need an experienced Boca Raton car accident attorney to perform an accident investigation to identify the responsible parties. The sooner you contact an attorney, the better. When a government entity is involved, you may be under a very short timeline to provide notice of the intent to file a claim or to actually file the accident claim. If you fail to take action before the deadline expires, you lose your right to file a claim against the government entity.
Contact A Boca Raton Personal Injury Law Firm
If you have been injured in a traffic accident, contact The Broderick Law Firm, P.L. to discuss your case with an experienced Boca Raton car accident attorney. Contact our office today by calling 1-800-333-3903 to schedule a free legal consultation and case evaluation. We represent individuals in West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale & Miami, FL.