Charlotte, NC Construction Zone Car Accident Attorneys
Legal help when you’re injured in a crash in a work zone throughout North Carolina
Construction zones around the roadways of Charlotte and the surrounding areas are a ubiquitous sight. Just like you can expect continuous traffic in the Charlotte area, you can also be sure that there will be construction zones that you have to drive through on a regular basis. However, these areas can present significant hazards to drivers, including changing speed limits, road conditions, and traffic signals.
At Price, Petho & Associates, our Charlotte car accident attorneys are here to help if you or a loved one are injured in a construction zone. Whether your accident occurred due to the negligence of another driver or from the construction company itself, we have the resources necessary to fully investigate the cause so we can help you recover the compensation you need for your injuries and losses.
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How common are construction zone accidents?
The National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse reports in 2019 (the most current data available), there were 762 fatal construction zone crashes, with 842 fatalities across the country. This included:
- 247 truck-involved crashes with 288 fatalities
- 136 pedestrian-involved crashes with 133 fatalities
- 3 bus-involved crashes with 4 fatalities
- 135 worker fatalities
Closer to home, North Carolina saw:
- 16 fatal crashes with 16 fatalities
- 4 truck-involved crashes with 4 fatalities
- 4 pedestrian-involved crashes with 4 fatalities
- 4 worker fatalities
These crashes and collisions occur for a variety of reasons, including driver confusion or distraction while navigating through construction zones. However, this isn’t the only cause of work zone accidents.
What causes Charlotte construction zone car accidents?
Construction zone accidents can occur in a wide variety of ways around the Charlotte area. In many cases, these incidents are caused by the actions of negligent drivers who fail to follow road signs or traffic laws regarding construction zones. However, there are cases where other parties may hold liability.
The attorneys at Price, Petho & Associates can help when construction companies:
- Fail to follow local and/or federal roadway construction safety standards
- Fail to use warning signs to alert drivers about the construction zone
- Fail to properly mark temporary driving lanes
- Fail to properly light construction zones at night
- Leave dangerous equipment or vehicles too close to traffic
- Fail to properly navigate traffic through the construction zone
- Leave construction debris on the roadway
- Fail to cordon off hazardous areas
We work to show responsibility on the part of at-fault drivers, construction companies, or municipalities. Our legal team has access to a wide network of professional experts to help determine all liable parties in your accident.
Who is liable for my construction zone car accident?
More than one party may be held liable in the aftermath of your Charlotte construction zone accident. With most work zone crashes, there are typically a few private and public entities involved. Some of these can include:
- Major construction companies
- Third-party contractors and sub-contractors
- State government agencies
- County or city government agencies
We investigate these incidents thoroughly to determine if more than one party may be held liable for your accident and injuries.
How do I drive safely in a Charlotte construction zone?
You can take a few steps to drive defensively in a construction zone to avoid being a victim of a serious accident:
- Stay alert. When you see warning signs for a construction zone ahead, proceed with caution. Look for speed limit signs, merging lanes, cones, and other changes.
- Look for flaggers. Flaggers have the same authority as a traffic signal or street sign – follow any directions or signals they give you. Construction workers also deserve to be treated in a safe manner when they’re on the job.
- Watch out for other drivers. You may understand how to drive safely in a construction zone, but that doesn’t mean everyone else does. Stay aware of your surroundings and other drivers, leaving yourself a buffer zone in case of an accident. In other words, drive defensively.
What is the value of my construction zone car accident claim?
If you or a loved one were injured in a Charlotte construction zone accident, the lawyers at Price, Petho & Associates will work to hold the negligent party or parties responsible. You may be eligible for compensation for your losses, including the following damages:
- Medical expenses, current and future
- Lost income and earning potential if you can’t work
- Out-of-pocket expenses related to your injuries
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
The exact amount of compensation to which you may be entitled depends on the circumstances related to your unique situation. Factors that might affect this include the severity of your injuries, whether you shared any fault in the accident, your level of pain and suffering, and how your injuries affect your day-to-day life.
It’s important to note that North Carolina follows the doctrine of contributory negligence. This means that if the other party – the defendant – can show that you were in any way at fault for your own accident, the defendant can escape paying damages. This means that if you’re found even one percent responsible for your construction zone car accident, you’ll be ineligible for compensation. Therefore, it’s crucial to work with skilled and experienced attorneys like the team at Price, Petho & Associates after an accident that wasn’t your fault. We help build the strongest possible case on your behalf.
Is there a construction zone car accident attorney near me?
Price, Petho & Associates has an office at 1420 Elizabeth Ave in Charlotte. We also maintain offices in Rockingham and Rutherfordton for your convenience. If you are too injured to come to us, we can visit you at home or in the hospital.
Trustworthy Charlotte construction zone car accident attorneys
If you or somebody you care about has been injured in a construction zone accident in or around the Charlotte area, reach out to the team at Price, Petho & Associates for help today. We want you to know that you may be entitled to compensation. Our team will investigate the incident, determine liability, and help recover the compensation you need. This can include coverage of your medical bills, property damage expenses, lost income, pain and suffering damages, and more. To schedule a free consultation, call 704-372-2160 or fill out our contact form. Serving Charlotte, Rockingham, Rutherfordton, North Carolina, and South Carolina.