Every year, there are a large number of catastrophic and fatal accidents that occur in road construction zones. Road work sites pose a unique threat to everyone in the zone, including truck drivers, construction workers and other motorists. The likelihood of suffering from a serious or life-threatening injury dramatically increases when a large commercial vehicle is involved in an accident in a construction zone, so it is crucial that truckers exercise extreme caution when navigating through a work site.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a North Carolina road construction truck accident through no fault of your own, our attorneys may be able to help you seek financial and legal recourse for your losses. You may be able to recover compensation for current and future medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and even wrongful death damages if the crash resulted in the death of your loved one.
To begin exploring your legal options, contact our truck accident attorneys today by completing the Free Case Review form to the left.
Causes of Construction Zone Truck Accidents
Most construction takes place in the warmer months in North Carolina, so it stands to reason that drivers run a higher risk of being involved in a road construction accident during this time. By being more informed of some of the common causes of construction zone truck accidents, drivers are less likely to be involved in this type of crash.
Some of the most common risks for any North Carolina driver, not just truckers, related to construction zones include speeding, failure to obey caution signals or traffic directions, distracted drivers and merging issues.
One of the most common contributing factors in construction zone truck accidents is failure to obey the posted speed limit. Traffic in work zones is typically stop-and-go. Trucks require a much greater stopping distance than smaller cars, so drivers who misinterpret how much space a large commercial vehicle has to stop can have tragic consequences for those in the truck’s path. By simply obeying the posted speed limit, the chances of being involved in this type of accident is drastically reduced.
Failure to Obey Caution Signals or Traffic Directions
Drivers of passenger vehicles who disregard posted signs in a construction zone are a threat to themselves, construction workers and especially to truckers. Unpredictable behavior can force a truck driver to react quickly, and given the limited amount of space for a trucker to maneuver in a work zone, this often results in some kind of accident.
Signs and cautionary signals serve as warnings or directions to drivers, advising them of upcoming road conditions or detours. All drivers must obey these traffic directions. In the event that a construction zone lacks these types of signs and an accident occurs, we urge you to contact an attorney in order to determine who is to blame for this oversight.
Construction equipment, like large commercial vehicles, have massive blind spots and can be difficult to maneuver in an emergency situation. When driving through a construction zone, all North Carolina drivers should remain alert and vigilant. Most work zones have large, slow-moving construction equipment and machinery that can move into a driver’s path. Truck drivers are urged to use the size of their vehicle to look ahead and anticipate potentially dangerous situations involving construction equipment and other drivers in the work zone.
Late lane merging is not uncommon in highway construction zone accidents. The width and number of lanes in work zones are typically reduced from their normal size. A smaller car that waits until the last minute to merge or that merges while speeding can often cause a side-impact or rear-end collision. Large trucks take much longer to brake than smaller passenger vehicles and failing to give a truck driver enough time to react could have dire consequences. If a smaller car merges inadequately in front of a truck, the results can be devastating.
Contact a Knowledgeable North Carolina Road Construction Truck Accident Attorney Today
Anyone who is operating a motor vehicle in a construction zone in Winston-Salem or Greensboro needs to have a heightened awareness of their surroundings in order to ensure the safety of everyone around them. If you or a loved one suffered an injury in a road construction truck crash, we encourage you to contact the lawyers at Lewis & Keller right away to see how we may be able to help you with your claim.
Any number of individuals or entities can be responsible for a truck accident. When a truck crash happens at a construction site, another level of intricacies is added, given that the municipalities and private road contractors involved in the road construction may also be held accountable for the crash.
It is crucial to consult with an attorney who is well-versed in complex commercial vehicle litigation if you believe that you may have a claim. For more information on the legal rights which may be available to North Carolina truck accident victims and their families or to schedule a confidential, no-obligation consultation with a member of our legal team, please complete the Free Case Review form on this page.