Construction zones come with pre-occupational hazards. No matter how many safety protocols are in place, there’s always a chance that things might go awry. The same rings true for road construction zones because roads and highways are constantly being improved to better serve the public.
If an accident happens in a road construction zone, those affected can generally seek compensation for injuries or other losses suffered. The only catch is that you need to prove that another party was responsible for the negligence. In Maryland, being liable for a crash automatically disqualifies a driver for any compensation.
So how exactly do you seek compensation for a road construction zone car crash in Maryland? In this article, we’ll shed some light on the matter. Read on below to learn more.
The Nature of the Crash
Each traffic accident can be considered unique. To cut the long story short, eligibility among parties involved can only be accurately determined on a case-by-case basis. To find out whether you’re eligible for compensation, it’s best to consult with your lawyer.
In the event that your party can prove that another party was liable for your crash, compensation can be available for related damages such as:
- Medical appointments
- Diagnostic testing (X-rays or MRIs)
- Rehabilitation costs
- Physical therapy
- Surgical procedures, if needed
- Property damage
- Mobility assistance, such as wheelchairs
- Lost wages due to workplace absences
- Physical and mental suffering
Who Is Liable?
As stated earlier, liability in the crash is on a case-to-case basis. However, the most common liability often boils down to driver errors such as speeding, driving while tired, driving while distracted, or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
While driver errors are commonplace, they are not always liable because the construction crew may also commit several mistakes that can cause accidents, such as:
- Construction equipment placed close to traffic
- Inaccurate, poorly placed, or missing signage
- Unclear transition zones that will help cars merge into normal traffic
- Pavement drop-offs that aren’t visible at first glance, which can cause drivers to lose control of their vehicle
- Lanes that are too narrow for cars to pass safely through a construction zone
- Poor planning of traffic detours which can cause drivers to take unsafe maneuvers
The first and foremost method for you to be able to avoid road construction zone crashes is to follow traffic regulations. However, you can only do so much and others may cause the accident, which can directly affect you.
There are other additional safety measures that you can take in order to protect yourself and others riding along with you as you drive through a road construction zone, such as:
- Be patient. Construction zone routes are often confusing, so a lot of drivers will be dealing with the stress and unfamiliarity, not just you. Expect delays and drive slowly as you go through a construction zone.
- Obey the construction signs in place. They are placed there for a reason, which is to make sure that cars passing through will be safe.
- Avoid distractions. Any distraction while driving through a construction zone might cause you to miss important signages. Worst case scenario is that you might be the one to cause an accident.
- Maintain a safe distance between you and other cars. If there’s a safe distance between you and other cars, the risk of bumping into them is lessened. On a related note, you should also make sure that your tail lights are working. This will help drivers behind you know when to step on their brakes to avoid hitting your car.
Accidents in a road construction zone can be a daunting thought, but you can reduce the chances of it happening by obeying traffic regulations in a construction zone. If an accident happens, consult with a lawyer immediately.
Car accident attorneys are the people you should go to in the event of a car crash. Zukerberg & Halperin is a law firm that specializes in such cases. We will help you get the compensation that you deserve. Aside from that, we also handle civil rights and estate cases. Contact us today for a consultation!