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Dealing with Construction Site Car Accidents

Construction on the roadways and highways is necessary to keep providing drivers with safer road conditions that can help prevent future accidents. However, while they are being conducted, they can cause obstruction to the flow of traffic that can lead to car accidents. Below, our expert team of car accident injury attorneys at West Coast Trial Lawyers break down construction site car accidents and what to do about them.

Causes of Construction Site Car Accidents

Traffic jams and slow downs tend to occur when vehicles drive around construction sites since California construction zone speed limits are set in place. Besides this reason, there are a number of others that might occur due to construction zones. Here a couple of the main causes: 

  • Sudden slow downs can cause an accident, especially on the highway where vehicles are prone to accelerated speeds. When a construction site comes up and there is a sudden slow down, a driver caught off guard can rear-end another vehicle and can even cause a series of vehicles to rear end each other, resulting in a multi-vehicle collision. 
  • Sudden lane merges sometimes happen when there is construction on a road that involves the need to block off some lanes of the road. This can happen rather suddenly, and is another cause for sudden slow downs. If a driver is unaware of the sudden lane merge, that might drive into the construction site or dangerously attempt to swerve into the new lane, both of which can cause accidents. 
  • Improper signage or lack of signage plays a huge role in the cause of car accidents at a construction site. Having signs up to let drivers know that there is construction work ahead can help them anticipate their next move and regulate their speed to accommodate for the construction site safety speed limits. If drivers are not aware of construction work up ahead, they will continue with the regular speed at which they are used to and come to a sudden slow down or stop that can cause an accident to occur. 
  • Poor lighting or low visibility can cause a construction site car accident to occur, especially at night. If drivers can’t see the construction site or workers up ahead, this can cause an accident to occur. This is why bright colors are worn by construction workers and used on signs and traffic cones, without these tools, construction sites have much less visibility and can cause accidents. 
  • Missing cones or barriers can cause construction site car accidents to occur as well. Without these barriers that disallow cars or give them notice of entry to the construction site, cars may unknowingly enter construction sites and get into accidents this way.

Who’s at Fault for Construction Zone Car Accidents?

California is a fault state, meaning that someone must be held liable for causing an accident. California is also a comparative fault state, meaning that more than one party can be found liable for causing an accident. However, what determines fault is the negligence that each party partook in that caused the accident. 

A construction zone workers’ or company’s negligence that can cause an accident include: 

  • not providing the proper signage; 
  • having low visibility; 
  • lack of barrier tools such as cones and others.

 A driver’s negligence that can cause an accident include: 

  • failing to slow their speed at a construction site;
  •  failing to merge lanes to avoid a construction site; 
  • and failing to come to a full stop upon coming to a traffic jam.  

Tips to Avoid Construction Site Car Accidents

While accidents are bound to happen, there are preventative and cautionary measures that can be taken by drivers to avoid accidents upon coming to a construction site while on the road. Here are some tips to avoid construction site car accidents: 

  • Drive focused and pay attention to indicators of a construction site up ahead. You should never drive while distracted. It is always important to keep your eyes on the road, just as it is important to keep your eyes peeled for traffic signals and indicators of traffic flow. If you see a sign that states “construction up ahead”, know that this is your signal to slow down. If you notice that all the other vehicles ahead of you are coming to a slow, or a stop, or merging lanes, you must do so as well. 
  • Do not attempt to overtake and pass a vehicle when at a slow down or a stop due to construction. While it might be tempting to try to get ahead of traffic, this is dangerous to do when in a construction zone slow down or a stop. Attempting to overtake and pass a vehicle on a two way high-way can result in a head on collision. 
  • Always communicate with other drivers to let them know about the upcoming traffic jams or stop. This is where the importance of back car lights come into play. It is always important to show vehicles when you are coming to a slow-down or a stop - make sure your back lights work so they can light up and indicate others of the slow. Always use your blinked if you need to merge as well. If your lights don’t work, be sure to use your hand signals to communicate with the traffic behind you. The hand signal for a stop is the left hand bent downwards at the elbow, making a square shape. The hand signal to turn or merge left is the left hand held straight out. The hand signal to turn or merge right is the left hand bent upwards at the elbow, making a square shape.

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