You have to be careful when you’re driving your car. You know that danger is never far away and an accident can occur at any time. Unfortunately, not everyone exercises the same degree of caution when they’re on the road and people wind up getting hurt – often badly. Work zones are one of those areas where the danger can skyrocket.
Too many distractions
According to the most recent data available from the National Safety Council, 842 people were killed in 2019 as a result of motor vehicle accidents around work zones. 16 of those deaths occurred in New York. More than half of the total victims were the drivers of motor vehicles and nearly 150 were passengers. But the tragedies were not limited to those in automobiles – a substantial number of the people killed were pedestrians and bicyclists. No one is immune.
Every driver on the road owes a duty of care to those with whom they share the road. They must drive their vehicle with a reasonable degree of caution and focus. When they fail to do so, and cause an accident which injures another person, they are considered negligent.
Work zones can be particularly dangerous because there are so many things going on around them. The work itself can distract drivers who do not keep their focus on the task at hand. Loud noises, which may accompany construction, can make it more difficult to hear what’s going on around a car. And traffic is often rerouted, so that drivers must take routes with which they are unfamiliar.
If you were injured in a motor vehicle accident, a personal injury lawsuit can be a powerful tool at your disposal. Accidents may happen, but you have the right to be compensated for injuries caused by the negligence of another and they should be held accountable for their actions.