Construction Zone Accident Liability
Determining Who is at Fault in a Work Zone Truck Accident
Construction zones can present dangers for everyone on the road. In many cases, when there is work being done on the road or in a nearby area, lanes may have to be narrowed, roads can be uneven, or there may be sudden stops in traffic. All of these conditions combined with an abnormally high amount of trucks on the road can have devastating results. According to the most recent data available from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there were over 700 work zone fatal crashes, 216 of which were involved large trucks. 30% of fatal work zone crashes involved at least one large truck.
Determining who is at fault in a work zone truck accident is best done by an experienced attorney who understands personal injury law and will use a team of experts to re-create the accident, testify to the extent of your injuries and determine what parties are liable. It is crucial that a thorough investigation is completed after any truck accident. Relying solely on a police report or the opinion of an insurance company can be detrimental to your case.
Getting Maximum Recovery in a Truck Accident Case
The available recovery in a work zone accident case will depend on the jurisdiction where the crash occurred. One of the biggest mistakes that most people make after being involved in a large truck accident is that they take the first settlement offer by the liable party’s insurance company. You should never accept a settlement offer without consulting a knowledgeable attorney first. There could be tens of thousands of dollars or more in damages available on your case. You need legal representation to help you understand the process and help you to get the recovery you deserve.
Understanding Construction Zone Accidents
Work zone accidents involving large trucks may require complex litigation to recover damages against the negligent parties. Depending on the circumstances, it may be proper to bring a claim against the driver and the company that owns the trucking company. If there was a defective part that caused the truck to malfunction you may be entitled to compensation from the manufacturer or a mechanic that did subpar work. You should not have to pay out-of-pocket when someone else is at fault for your injuries. The more that you understand about your rights, the better you can protect yourself and your loved ones.