Road Construction: Long-Term Benefits, Short-Term Dangers
One of the goals of Proposition 1 is to address safety concerns, rehabilitating stretches of highway that have seen excessive numbers of car accidents. The stretches of highway that will be repaired have seen more than 23,000 motor vehicle accidents and 248 fatalities in the last five years alone. While these projects certainly offer long-term benefits, they also come with the short-term dangers that are inherent in all highway construction.
Road construction often leads to slow traffic and bottlenecks. There are barrels, equipment and construction workers to watch out for. There is rerouting of traffic. Essentially, there are more potential hazards for someone who is not paying attention.
A negligent driver who is not paying attention to the road may cause a rear-end collision due to failure to stop in time for traffic that has come to a sudden halt in a construction zone. A negligent driver may lose control while driving two fast in a construction zone, causing a serious car crash. Drivers who cause construction accidents should be held accountable, and they can be with the help of an experienced lawyer.
In some cases, an auto accident may be the result of a poorly designed construction project. Perhaps there was not sufficient signage. Perhaps traffic diversions did not follow protocols. In these cases, the government or the construction company may be liable. At Leonard B. Gabbay, P.C., we can assist with all construction-related auto wrecks.