Truck Accidents in Construction Zones
Driving in a construction zone is hazardous in the best circumstances. But when traveling through a construction zone at the same time as a large truck, conditions can quickly become dangerous. A study by the California Department of Transportation reported approximately 39,000 work zone accidents occurred throughout the state over a seven-year period. Over 6,600 of those crashes involved large trucks.
Causes of Truck Accidents in Construction Zones
Truck accidents in construction zones may result from a variety of factors. Work zones often create narrower lanes and tighter spaces to navigate, reducing the margin of error enough that even a tiny mistake on a truck driver’s part can cause a collision. Construction zones can also limit visibility.
However, other factors are direct consequences of a truck driver’s negligent behaviors or actions. For example, speeding or failure to comply with posted signage increases the risk of an accident and are actions within the trucker’s control. Driving while distracted, impaired, or tired can impair a driver’s reaction time, making it difficult to stop in time to avoid a truck accident.
Compensation for Victims of Construction Zone Truck Accidents
If you suffered injuries in a construction zone accident, an experienced California truck accident attorney can help you seek compensation for losses like:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Lost quality of life
- Rehabilitation, such as physical therapy
- Ongoing nursing or home health care
The amount of compensation you may recover in a truck accident claim depends on several factors, including the extent of your injuries, your prospects for a full recovery, the number of liable parties, and the availability of insurance coverage.
Determining Liability in California Construction Zone Truck Accidents
To recover compensation in a personal injury claim, your attorney must determine who is liable for your injuries. Truck accidents are particularly complex cases. Multiple parties may share blame for the wreck, including the truck driver, trucking company, vehicle manufacturer, mechanics, cargo loaders, and other drivers. In construction zone accident cases, government agencies and contractors may also be liable if their decisions or negligent actions caused or contributed to the truck accident. Your attorney will gather and evaluate all crash evidence so you can seek compensation from all liable parties.
Contact an Experienced California Construction Zone Accident Attorney
You need a truck accident lawyer you can trust to build the most robust possible case after a truck accident in California. The trucking industry is heavily regulated, and understanding the laws that apply to your case can be challenging without knowledgeable legal representation. The Law Offices of Pius Joseph can help.
Since 1987, we have successfully recovered compensation for clients in positions like yours and argued over 500 cases in court. We’re prepared to put the time and energy into your fight for justice and won’t rest in our pursuit of what’s right. Contact our law firm today for a free consultation with a skilled truck accident lawyer.