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.
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
- Organ damage
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.