Lake Worth Attorneys Protecting Clients Injured in Hazardous/Construction Zone Accidents in Florida
Hazardous road conditions and construction zones can significantly increase the likelihood that a car accident will occur—in 2015, the last year for which data is available, the Department of Transportation estimated that a car accident in a construction zone occurred every 5.4 minutes nationwide. Unpredictable and changing road patterns in construction zones can easily contribute to the cause of a car accident or aggravate the severity of the crash. Car accidents that are caused by road hazards can be complicated because the negligence of multiple parties might contribute to the accident, such as when a driver is speeding through a construction zone with improper warning signs. At Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A., our Florida hazardous road condition accident lawyers are specialized in cases involving injuries sustained in motor vehicle accidents, and we are dedicated to identifying all negligent parties in order to maximize our clients’ right to recover damages.
If your car accident was caused by hazards in a construction zone or by other hazardous road conditions, it is important to retain a car accident attorney who is seasoned and who specializes in car accident cases, rather than a general personal injury attorney who may not understand the complexities presented by these cases. We are a Florida law firm with a reputation for protecting our clients’ rights throughout the local community, regardless of their immigration or legal status. If you were injured in a car accident caused by road hazards, contact our offices today to discuss your options.
Establishing Liability for Car Accidents Caused by Hazardous Road Conditions or Construction
A common complication that arises when hazardous road conditions or driving in a construction zone causes or contributes to a car accident is determining who is liable for compensating the accident victims. In many cases, the party responsible for properly maintaining the roadway will be liable, including the local or state government, or the construction company itself.
Car accidents in construction zones are commonly caused by:
- Changing lane patterns, which results in unfamiliar road conditions.
- Improper warning signs.
- Construction vehicles suddenly entering the roadway.
- Debris and uneven road conditions.
- Drivers who speed or attempt to quickly change lanes within the construction zone.
If the construction workers were negligent in placing warning signs, maintaining the construction zone, or entering the roadway, the construction company itself can potentially be held liable for the actions of its employees.
Hazardous road conditions that are unrelated to construction efforts may also cause or contribute to accidents. For example, tree branches or other vegetation can blow into the roadway, and a driver who is speeding might be unable to stop in time to avoid the debris, causing an accident. In these cases, it may be possible to hold the negligent driver and the property owner who failed to safely maintain their property liable for damages.
Gonzalez & Cartwright Florida Hazardous Road Condition Accident Lawyers Secure Compensation for Clients Injured in Construction Zone Car Accidents
At Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A., our construction zone accident attorneys in FL are experienced in handling complicated personal injury cases where the negligence of multiple parties has contributed to the accident. Car accidents that occur in construction zones or because of hazardous road conditions will almost always involve a complicated investigative process in order to assign relative degrees of fault to multiple negligent parties. In Florida, each negligent party can be held liable for damages in proportion to his or her relative degree of fault in causing the accident, making this investigation critical to maximizing your compensation award.
The construction company in your car accident case will likely employ a team of defense lawyers in order to minimize their potential liability. This makes it even more important to retain an experienced legal team to advocate on your behalf, even if you are not certain who caused the accident.
Our Dedicated Attorneys Are Available to Speak to You Today About Your Car Accident in a Construction Zone
At Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A., our Boca Raton attorneys have a combined 35 years of experience successfully securing compensation awards for our clients who have sustained injuries in motor vehicle accidents. If you were in an accident that occurred in a construction zone or because of hazardous road conditions, contact our offices to schedule a free initial consultation with our Florida hazardous road condition accident lawyers today. We have our main office located at 813 Lucerne Ave, Lake Worth, FL 33460, as well as an office in Pompano Beach, Florida.
Frequently Asked Questions About Florida Hazardous Road Conditions / Construction Zone Accidents
It is important to choose an attorney with sufficient experience and resources for your construction zone accident case. Your attorney should understand that multiple parties may be held liable for the injuries that these accidents can cause, and he or she should know that a full and thorough investigation will be required in order to determine liability. Your attorney should also have experience retaining expert witnesses and evaluating their findings in order to advocate for maximum compensation in your case.
Florida is a comparative negligence state, which means that you still may be entitled to compensation even if you partially caused the car accident. For example, if the construction company failed to place proper warning signs about a hazard ahead, the construction company may be held partially liable even if your speed contributed to the accident.