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Our Lawyers Help Drivers, Passengers and Construction Workers Recover After Highway Construction Accidents

Highway construction zones can be dangerous for drivers, passengers and construction workers. While construction zones should be adequately protected, and while drivers should slow down to help protect construction workers, not everyone follows the rules. Construction companies routinely cut corners, and some drivers prioritize getting to their destination as quickly as possible over other people’s safety.

Given the risks involved with highway construction zones, drivers, passengers and construction workers who get injured in highway construction accidents will often be entitled to financial compensation. If you have been injured or have lost a loved one, you should speak with a highway construction accident lawyer as soon as possible.

Driver and Passenger Rights Following Highway Construction Accidents in California 

If you were injured as a driver or passenger in a highway construction accident, recovering your losses will begin with determining who (or what company) is liable. There are multiple possibilities, and, in some cases, drivers and passengers will be able to pursue various claims for financial compensation.

For example, depending on the factor(s) that caused your accident, our lawyers may be able to help you file claims against:

  • The Construction Company – Construction companies will often be responsible for highway construction accidents. Common grounds for seeking financial compensation include improper placement of cones and signage, failure to install temporary barriers, failure to install proper lighting, and failure to keep debris and other hazards out of the roadway.
  • The Government – Even if a private construction company is performing the work, the city still holds legal and financial responsibility for all projects on the city’s public roads. Accidents occurring on major highways may be the responsibility of the California Department of Transportation.
  • Another Driver – If another driver caused your highway construction accident, then you may be able to file a claim under his or her auto insurance policy. Common grounds for seeking compensation under another driver’s insurance policy include speeding, distracted driving, reckless driving and driving while fatigued.

Construction Worker Rights Following California Highway Construction Accidents

As a construction worker, your first option will likely be to file a claim for workers’ compensation. Under California law, most companies are required to provide workers compensation coverage for their employees. Workers’ compensation is a “no-fault” system, which means that you can file a claim even if you accidentally caused your own injury.

If you did not accidentally cause your own injury, contact a highway construction accident lawyer as soon as possible, as you may be able to seek additional compensation by filing a personal injury claim. For example, if you got injured by a reckless or distracted driver, you may have a claim under his or her insurance policy. Or, if a subcontractor, truck driver or other “third party” caused your injury, you may have a claim against the third party.

Talk to a Highway Construction Accident Lawyer for Free

If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a highway construction accident, we encourage you to contact us promptly for a free, no-obligation consultation. To find out how much you can recover – and what you need to do to protect your rights – call 800-789-8840 or contact us online now.