Work Zone Accident Lawyers

Maryville Work Zone Accident Attorneys

Representing victims of work zone accidents throughout East Tennessee

Construction crews throughout Tennessee are routinely providing upgrades and other repairs to the roads of Tennessee due to the high volume of vehicles. These work zones, no matter where they are set up or when they are active provide added dangers for drivers and those working inside the zones. A work zone accident can easily turn deadly depending on the circumstances.

The compassionate team at Shepherd & Long P.C. protects the rights of workers and drivers who are injured in work zone accidents. We understand that you might miss time at work, that medical bills can be expensive, and that your monthly bills will be difficult to pay after a car accident. You deserve legal representation from a team with decades of experience fighting for victims of accidents in Maryville throughout East Tennessee.

Testimonials

Ravyn Kennedy
"Kevin is an amazing lawyer that fought for my custody and got me a quick and easy divorce! Very compassionate and determined."

Ravyn Kennedy

Danielle Kennedy
"Kevin Shepherd helped my family with a heartwrenching custody case. He was compassionate and professional. We could not have asked for a better attorney."

Danielle Kennedy

Caleb Gandy
"Kevin responded to my urgent email even while he was on Christmas leave. He got me full legal and physical custody of my kids! He’s very professional and a killer lawyer! I recommend him to everyone I know! Huge props to Erica his legal assistant too! They are all fantastic!"

Caleb Gandy

Megan Sparkes
"I Kevin and his team are very driven, compassionate, and are willing to do what it takes to win even when things in your case aren't cut-and-dry. Both Kevin and Maxey are very knowledgeable of family law and highly responsive. It's really hard to find a lawyer who actually has a heart for your situation and will work with you on costs, but they do. Kevin and his team are absolutely phenomenal and I cannot recommend them enough. I plan to re-hire if I should ever need legal services in the future."

Megan Sparkes

Jorga Prater
"We have hired Maxey to represent use for a very difficult family matter that has caused use quite a lot of emotional stress. The firm is so helpful; very professional, and also answer questions in ways we understand them. We have also met with Kevin and he is as kind as Maxey is and they really seem to know there stuff . They genuinely care about use and that’s means a lot."

Jorga Prater

Work Zone Accident Attorney

Did you know?

According to the National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse, in 2018 there were 19 fatal work zone accidents crashes in Tennessee.

What are the common causes of work zone accidents?

Most work zone accidents are the result of driver error, but they can also be caused by negligence on behalf of the crew. Some examples of actions that can lead to collisions include:

  • Distracted driving. Reading a map, paying attention to the radio, using a mobile device, entering coordinates into a GPS, or talking to a passenger are all forms of distracted driving that can lead to a work zone accident.
  • Speeding and reckless behaviors. Drivers who speed, tailgate, or attempt to pass other cars on the shoulder put other drivers and work crews at risk.
  • Improper barriers. Orange cones, hurricane fencing, or temporary concrete barriers should be placed around the perimeter of the work zone to alert motorists and prevent them from entering.
  • Improper signage. Every work zone should be equipped with signage far enough in advance to alert motorists. Drivers should be given proper warning of changes to the lanes as well as new on and off-ramps.
  • Low visibility. Hills and curves can make it difficult to see around a work zone. Bad weather, improper lighting, and overgrown trees and landscaping can also cause low visibility.
  • Change in lanes and traffic patterns. When a work zone is active it often eliminates the use of the shoulder in that area. This removes the ability of a motorist to pull off the road in a safe area. Corralling multiple lanes into one or two lanes can also lead to crashes.
  • Defective machinery. An overloaded forklift, a defective crane, or faulty machinery can all lead to serious work zone accidents that impact the workers or passing motorists.
  • Improper safety equipment. Workers in a roadside work zone face additional hazards and should always wear proper protective equipment, such as hi-vis vests, hard hats, and appropriate footwear.

Who can be held liable for a work zone accident?

Multiple entities can be held liable for a work zone accident:

  • The construction company
  • The negligent driver
  • The manufacturer of a defective product
  • The town or county

If the construction crew doing the roadwork was employed by the town or county, you may need to file a claim against the government. These types of claims are complex, and the statute of limitations is usually significantly shorter – about six months. Contact our personal injury lawyers in Maryville as soon as possible if you think you need to file a government claim.

Injuries caused by work zone accidents

One of the unique dangers of work zone crashes is that a driver passing through runs the risk of being hit by a commercial vehicle or even a piece of heavy machinery. Another unique danger is the likelihood of an individual worker or passerby being hurt. This is a bigger risk when the road work is being done on highways, where drivers are not used to dealing with people, and on bridges or walkways, where pedestrians and cyclists may not be aware of the change in traffic patterns.

Because there can be many moving parts but very little wiggle-room, collisions often involve multiple vehicles, which also increases the risk of serious injuries like:

  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Crushing injuries
  • Loss of limb
  • Broken bones
  • Lacerations
  • Organ damage
  • Death

If you sustain injuries in a work zone anywhere in East Tennessee, you are going to need an experienced team on your side. Multiple liable parties mean multiple insurance companies all fighting to pay the least amount of money they can. You’ll want someone who will fight for you, too.

How much is my work zone injury worth?

There’s no way to answer this question without knowing the full extent of your injuries, property damage, and other losses. Sometimes, the injuries you sustain will worsen over time and require additional medical treatment. In most cases, the largest part of a personal injury award is for medical expenses, so typically, the worse your injuries the more compensation you could be entitled to receive.

This is not always the case, however, which is why you should speak with an experienced attorney as soon as you can. We will fight to recover damages for your:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Property damage and associated costs
  • Funeral and burial expenses (in the event of a death)
  • Punitive damages (in the event of egregious negligence)

Schedule a free consultation with a Maryville work zone accident attorney today

If you were injured in a work zone accident, it is in your best interest to protect your rights and fight for compensation. The negligence of others should be considered when determining your claim. The compassionate team at Shepherd & Long P.C. will investigate the accident and build a strong case on your behalf. Call our office at 865-982-8060 or fill out the contact form on this website to schedule a free consultation with our team.