Road Construction Hazards
It seems that every day there is ongoing road construction in some part of town. Road construction often involves blocking off one or more lanes of traffic, large construction equipment and vehicles parked alongside or on the road, and large crews of workers directing traffic and working near moving vehicles. Not only can road construction be distracting and sometimes confusing, it can also create debris that puts drivers in danger as they pass by.
By law, road crews must use appropriate reflective markers, signs, and barricades when working on or near traffic. Drivers must be given proper warning well in advance of the actual construction so that they can safely and comfortably navigate through the area.
Consequences of Negligent Road Construction
However, sometimes crews fail to appropriately warn drivers of obstructions ahead, or a driver receives mixed signals from signs and workers, which can lead to an accident. Motorcyclists are especially at risk in these situations because a wipeout or collision at even low speeds can cause serious injuries. Also, bikers are more likely to be hurt by flying debris than an automobile driver who is protected by a windshield.
Construction crews have a responsibility to maintain safe road conditions when they are working. If you have been injured in an accident caused by a road construction hazard, consider contacting a personal injury attorney immediately. When an accident occurs because of unsafe conditions created by the road workers, the government or construction company may be responsible and held liable for your injuries. You may be entitled to compensation for injuries and damages caused by the hazardous road conditions.
For more information on road hazards and accident liability, contact the Wisconsin motorcycle accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today at 800-242-2874.