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There are more than 120,000 miles of paved public roads in Georgia, including county roads, state highways, city streets, and interstate highways, all requiring constant maintenance. For any driver, navigating the roads safely can be a daunting task even under normal circumstances, however, work zones can create their own unique set of hazards and dangers for both construction workers and motorists alike. Hundreds of workers are seriously injured or killed on road construction sites every year.
If you or a loved one is a worker who has been injured on the job, you may be entitled to significant compensation. Contact an Atlanta roadside construction accident attorney for a free case evaluation and to discuss your legal options. Reach us by calling (404) 259-7635 or filling out our online contact form.
The construction company or government agency, such as the Georgia Department of Transportation, have a duty of care to maintain a safe construction zone. When negligence occurs or the failure to follow state and federal safety regulations, workers can suffer injuries. The most common causes of roadway construction worker injuries are due to:
Negligent drivers who fail to reduce speed, tailgate, merge improperly, or drive distracted pose a risk to roadway construction workers. A driver may fail to see a worker and end up running into or backing up into them or the equipment they are using. DUI accidents in Atlanta can cause injuries to workers.
Safety regulations require the use of specific types of signs and also specify the placement and number of signs to be used. Failing to do so may not give motorists ample warning of roadway construction, leading to car accidents in Atlanta.
Failing to properly warn and instruct motorists about a turn and their speed.
Uneven pavement, open manholes, debris or equipment, and inadequate lighting, can all contribute to a worker being injured. An injury could occur due to a trip and fall or by a negligent driver who failed to see warning signs.
In order to have a valid claim, an injured construction worker must be able to demonstrate that the construction company or government agency in charge of the road was negligent and breached its duty of care to keep the construction zone safe.
Injured workers in Georgia generally have two years to file a personal injury claim against a company, another individual, or the state, whereas they only have six months to file against a city or county.
An Atlanta construction accident lawyer can help by conducting a thorough investigation into your accident. In doing so, they will collaborate with a respected network of accident reconstruction specialists in order to determine the cause of your injury and identify the negligent parties. Complex negotiations with the insurance companies of the liable parties can then be completed on your behalf in order to obtain a just settlement.
If you are a construction worker who has suffered an injury in a roadway accident, it is important for you to understand your rights. Call The Simon Law Firm and discuss your case for free with a talented roadway construction worker accident lawyer today.