Construction Sites Can Be Hazardous to Your Health
Anywhere there is construction, there is a danger that someone is going to be injured.
Because of the nature and location of construction work, construction workers are at high risk of suffering injuries on the job. A worker’s compensation attorney can help injured construction employees and contractors seek compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages that resulted from being injured on the job.
But construction workers are not the only ones who are at risk for construction zone injuries. Motorists, passersby and others can suffer if the construction company does not meet its obligation to maintain the work area in order to minimize hazards.
People are used to walking around construction sites. We all trust that the people in charge are keeping safety top of mind by securing the construction area and making sure that equipment is carefully used, monitored and maintained.
However, injuries at construction sites can occur from falling equipment or debris. In addition, closed sidewalks can force pedestrians to make dangerous road crossings or walk through traffic, resulting in a danger of being hit by passing vehicles. Sidewalks that remain open can become damaged and uneven, increasing the likelihood of a slip and fall accident.
The construction company has a duty to make sure the area surrounding the construction is safe for passersby. If you or a loved one is injured due to a construction company’s failure to meet its obligations for safety, a Colorado Springs accident law firm can advise you on how you may be able to recovering damages for your injuries.
Motorist and Passenger Dangers
Most of us drive through construction zones several times a week. Highway and road construction zones can be extremely hazardous to motor vehicle drivers and their passengers.
Poor signage or the absence of proper signage can signal disaster. If motorists are not properly warned that they are entering a construction zone, they could end up in the wrong lane or in a collision with construction equipment or other cars. It is the responsibility of the construction company to make sure signs are properly placed and that they are monitored in the event they are blown away or knocked down.
Road surfaces in construction zones are prone to potholes and crumbling asphalt, which can cause cars to become stuck, blow out tires, or make it difficult for the driver to steer the vehicle.
Along with Construction entrances can be especially dangerous. Heavy, slow-moving trucks and other construction vehicles entering and exiting can cause traffic to suddenly slow down and even stop.
Contact a Colorado Springs Accident Law Firm
Dealing with a construction zone accident can be daunting. There may be more than one company or corporate entity responsible, and often these companies are structured to limit or avoid liability. That is why you need an experienced Colorado Springs accident law firm on your side.
Contact the personal injury attorneys at Levine Law for a free consultation either by phone at 719-471-3000 or visit us online.