Who Is Liable For Car Accidents In Maryland Work Zones?
Car accidents occur for a variety of reasons. Some accidents involving motor vehicles are caused by driver error, such as impaired driving, distracted driving, and violating traffic laws. Defective car parts or hazardous roads can also cause car accidents. An over-looked contributing factor to some car accidents is work zones. According to the Federal Highway Administration, crashes in work zones increased by 7.8 percent from 2014 to 2015. It is estimated that approximately 96,626 crashes occurred in work zones in 2015. In 25,485 crashes, at least one person was injured, and 642 crashes resulted in at least one fatality. In Maryland, work zone crashes accounted for six deaths in 2015. If you are injured in a work zone accident in Maryland, it is important for you to consult with a Maryland work zone accident attorney as soon as possible. Crashes in work zones involve specific and complex laws. The Pinder Plotkin Legal Team has experience handling these cases. Let us help you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries and damages. Causes of Maryland Work Zone Accidents As with other types of car accidents, work zone accidents occur for a variety of reasons. Determining the cause of the crash is crucial for your injury claim. You cannot recover compensation for your injuries unless you prove that another party was responsible for the cause of the crash. Therefore, a thorough accident investigation must be conducted to determine the cause, identify the responsible parties, and obtain evidence proving fault. Some factors that lead to work zone car accidents include:
- Pavement drop-offs that can cause motorists to lose control of their vehicle;
- Failing to maintain lanes with sufficient width for motorists to travel through the work zone safely;
- Uneven surfaces and debris left in the roadway;
- Failing to establish and clearly mark a transition zone sufficient for cars approaching the work zone to move into the correct lanes;
- Failing to establish and clearly mark a transition zone sufficient for cars to merge back into normal traffic after the work zone;
- Insufficient or missing signage warning motorists of a work zone ahead;
- Insufficient or missing signage advising motorists what to do when approaching the work zone;
- Improperly narrowing lanes or reducing the number of lanes for traffic;
- Confusing or improper cut off turn lanes;
- Motorists error can also be the cause of a work zone crash, including speeding, following too closely, distracted driving, and drowsy driving;
- Work zone equipment too close to traffic; and,
- Many other factors that may be attributed to drivers, crews, construction companies, government entities, and others.