Located in the heart of the country, Chicago is a central transportation hub that connects the West and East coasts and routes shipments via rail and road to their various destinations. Its role in the transportation industry is why the roads in Illinois are among the most frequented in the nation and the constant abuse sustained by semi-trucks, inclement weather and millions of commuters results in the need for repairs on a consistent basis. The men and women responsible for maintaining our roads constantly put their lives at risk when working in construction zones and when they are injured due to the negligent or careless actions of other workers or drivers, they deserve to be compensated for the expenses incurred for medical treatment and other financial losses that result from their injuries.
Causes of Construction Zone Accidents
Many of the accidents that occur in construction zones are the result of negligent actions by fellow construction workers, but motorists’ actions can result in injuries or deaths as well. Almost half of the injuries that occur each year in construction zones result from workers being run over by machinery operated by other construction workers. Additional causes of road construction accidents include the following.
- Careless drivers colliding with construction equipment or workers resulting in injuries or death. Many of these accidents result from the failure of drivers to abide by reduced speed limits in construction zones and recent laws have been passed that increase the penalty for failing to follow the speed limit in construction zones and for injuring workers.
- Workers getting caught in pinch points— where two objects or pieces of equipment are able to trap and crush the worker.
- Accidents between multiple vehicles or machines. These collisions may include motorists who are travelling through work zones and fail to pay attention to the construction workers or follow the laws regarding travel through work areas.
- Distracted drivers who have their attention divided while operating their vehicles. Examples include drivers texting while driving, diverting their attention to other occupants while driving or talking on the phone while driving.
Rights of Construction Workers Injured in Accidents
There are many courses of action available to the victims of construction zone accidents and it is important to weigh your legal options with an attorney to determine how best to recover the compensation that you are entitled to following an injury. The first step is to determine who is liable and whether multiple parties share responsibility for your accident. You may be able to recover damages from your employer, the person who caused the accident, the manufacturer of defective equipment or local government entities or safety inspectors depending on each party’s role in the events leading to your injuries.
Medical treatment and physical therapy following a serious injury can be expensive and you are entitled to compensation for these expenses as well as for any wages you have lost due to an inability to return to work. In addition, you may be awarded damages for your pain and suffering and any other financial losses that resulted from your injuries. The Chicago Injury Center can help you determine the potential value of your personal injury case and create a solid legal plan for you if it is in your best interest to pursue a lawsuit.
Contact us today to schedule a risk free consultation with a lawyer at your location and time of choice to learn more about your rights, options and the legal process. In addition, we will review the details of your case and get to work on performing our own investigation into the events surrounding your accident in order to determine whether you have cause to file a lawsuit and the value of compensation you are entitled to.
Our accident lawyers will always put your interests first and will offer our resources, advice and services at no financial risk to you. At no point will we require advance payment and if we are unable to help you or fail to collect compensation on your behalf, you will owe us nothing.