Highway work zones contractors are required to employ safety measures for the benefit of workers and motorists. Accidents happen when these safety measures are not properly or adequately implemented.
Inadequate highway work zone safety measures may be the result of inadequate planning or miscommunication between contractors and/or the local department of transportation. Roadwork is often completed according to the terms of an agreement between the contractors and government and work starts only after a lengthy planning process.
This planning includes construction signage, lane markings and traffic stoppages. These elements are intended to warn motorists of the upcoming work and to protect motorists and workers from construction site hazards. Temporary closures may also be required to protect motorists from dangerous roadway conditions. Milling and paving work, for example, must be closely monitored to ensure only a slight transition between milled and paved surfaces to minimize the tripping hazard to which motorcyclists may be exposed. In that scenario, roadwork plans often require a roadway or lane closure until the unsafe condition is corrected.
When you or a loved one is seriously injured in a highway work zone accident contact our office so that we can investigate what may have caused or contributed to the injury.