Negligent Construction in Auto Accident Cases
Road construction zones are dangerous for a variety of reasons. They often involve sudden lane shifts and speed limit decreases, along with high traffic density. There also tends to be lots of construction workers and equipment moving around that could easily distract drivers or potentially get in their way.
There are some situations in which negligence of construction crews could be the cause of accidents that occur in these areas. The following are some examples:
- Improper signage. It is the responsibility of construction companies to provide appropriate warning to drivers of upcoming road construction. There are federal regulations that specifically outline what types of signs should be placed and where, as well as the total number of signs used in a given construction area. A failure to meet these standards could endanger the lives of motorists traveling through.
- Dangerous design of construction areas. If, for example, a construction area requires motorists to turn too sharply, the construction firm or municipality could be liable for resulting accidents. There are regulations in place that dictate exactly how sharp motorists can be made to turn and what the speed limits should be in those areas.
- Poor road conditions during construction. Although road construction can understandably lead to temporary uneven pavement, it is still the responsibility of construction crews to mark where these uneven areas are to give motorists proper warning.
- Poor road conditions after completion. Even if construction in an area is already finished, the company or municipality could still be liable for a crash if the construction left the road in poor condition. These cases typically fall under the category of inadequate road maintenance rather than construction negligence, but they are related to one another.
To learn more about how you can file a personal injury claim related to negligent construction, contact the Atlanta auto accident attorneys at McMenamy Law LLC.