Although most vehicle accidents occur on streets, roads or highways, a significant percentage of serious crashes and injuries happen in adjacent areas:
- Road shoulders
- Construction work zones
SM&B represents drivers, passengers, cyclists and pedestrians catastrophically injured in roadside and work zone vehicle accidents. And if a driver, passenger, cyclist or pedestrian is tragically killed in such an accident, SM&B represents the victim’s family members to obtain the compensation they need and deserve for their loss of a loved one.
Pennsylvania’s annual statistics about roadside and work zone accidents are startling. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, in 2017:
- 8,300 roadside crashes involving a parked or stalled vehicle resulted in 49 fatalities
- 6,600 guardrail-related crashes caused 109 fatalities
- 1,800 work zone accidents resulted in 1,100 injuries and 19 fatalities (including three road worker fatalities).
As one of Pennsylvania’s leading catastrophic injury firms, SM&B has extensive experience handling all types of roadside and work zone vehicle accident, including:
- Inadequate or confusing construction signage, lane markings, and traffic stoppages create unsafe conditions that result in collisions and other accidents
- A stranded motorist’s car or truck is struck by a negligent driver who fails to see the stopped vehicle.
- Pedestrians or road repair workers walking on the side of the road are hit by a negligent driver’s car.
- Faulty road construction or maintenance causes a driver or motorcyclist to lose control and collide with a guardrail, concrete median or construction barrier
- A driver, passenger, pedestrian, cyclist or road worker is injured by debris or wind-shear injuries caused by their proximity to vehicles traveling at high speeds
- Aggressive drivers change lanes and collide with stranded vehicles, construction equipment, workers, cyclists or pedestrians
- Stranded vehicles collide with moving traffic when they attempt to re-enter the road
SM&B casts a wide net for potential defendants in any of its roadside and work zone accident cases. Drivers, road construction/repair contractors and subcontractors, municipalities and other governmental entities responsible for road conditions, guardrail and other equipment manufacturers, can all be liable for a roadside or work zone accident.
For example, inadequate highway work zone safety measures can be the result of inadequate planning or miscommunication between contractors and/or the local department of transportation. When accidents and injuries happen, SM&B’s trial lawyers conduct a detailed investigation and analysis of the planning documents and communication among the relevant parties to determine who was at fault.
SM&B works tirelessly to help you get all the compensation to which you may be entitled, including for past and future medical and rehabilitation expenses, pain and suffering, emotional trauma, lost income and future earnings.
If you have been injured, or a family member has been injured or killed, in a roadside or work zone accident, SM&B is committed to obtaining all the results you need and deserve.