Illinois drivers are very familiar with road construction and work zones. During the warmer months construction is prevalent throughout the city. While construction is a necessary to keep our roads safe, it can lead to hazardous conditions that create serious car accidents. Most drivers associate work zones with heavy traffic, lane closures, detours, uneven road conditions, unclear lane or pavement markings, debris and heavy machinery. This all can make work zones chaotic and extremely difficult to safely navigate a work zone. Drivers may get frustrated and drive aggressively, or they may be distracted by the work zone conditions and are not alert to the traffic and roadway in front of them.
The Federal Highway Administration reported that there were 87,606 accidents in work zones in 2010. Of that that, 37,476 people were injured. Furthermore, in 2010 there were 514 fatal motor vehicle accidents in work zones. In Illinois, on average, more than 43,000 work zone car crashes occur each year, with more than 1,000 resulting in injuries, according to Illinois Tollway. It is important to be alert while driving in a work zone and aware of the traffic and workers around you. When driving through a work zone you should slow down regardless of whether you see workers because traffic patterns can abruptly shift as traffic lanes become narrower.
One of the most common types of car accidents in a work zone is rear-end collisions because drivers navigating work zones don’t know what to expect and may make a sudden stop while other drivers are distracted and not able to react quickly. Given the congested nature of work zones, it is common for a rear-end collision to kick-start a chain reaction and create a multi-vehicle accident.
Every driver on the road has the duty to operate their car in a reasonably safe manner and to exercise ordinary care and caution so not to cause injury to other drivers or pedestrians, including construction workers. The government or private entity that is responsible for the implementing the construction has a duty to keep construction zones safe for workers and motorists by complying with federal and state safety regulations.
Finding and holding the responsible party accountable can be a challenge. The car accident lawyers at Stein & Shulman have over forty years of experience helping victims of motor vehicle accidents, including accidents involving construction sites and work zones. We understanding the devastating effects a car accident can have on a victim and a victim’s family and we will work diligently to obtain the compensation they deserve.
If you or a family member or friend were involved in a car accident involving a work zone or construction site, contact our office for a free consultation. Our accident attorneys will evaluate your case and discuss how to best to handle your personal injury claim. For more information on your legal rights and how we may be able to help you recover damages, contact one of our experienced attorneys at (312) 422 -0500.