Auto Accidents in Work Zones: Safety Tips and Injury Claims

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Construction work zones pose a unique set of challenges for drivers. Despite the known risks, distracted driving remains a common issue, leading to car accidents. If you were hurt in a work zone accident, you deserve compensation for your injuries.

Our Atlanta car accident lawyers can help you file a claim and negotiate for a settlement on your behalf with the insurance company. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Safety Tips for Driving in Work Zones

While traveling through a construction zone, drivers must exercise extreme caution to ensure not only their own safety but also the safety of the construction crew working on the road.

Anticipate the Unexpected

Work zones can be unpredictable with changes in traffic lanes and the presence of workers on or near the road. Always stay alert and be prepared for sudden changes.

Reduce Speed

Speeding is a significant contributor to work zone accidents. Georgia Code § 40-6-188 authorizes the Department of Transportation or the governing authority of any county or municipal corporation to establish a temporary reduction in the maximum speed limit through any highway work zone.

If someone is found guilty of driving over the speed limit in a highway work zone misdemeanor. The punishment for this offense could be a fine ranging from $100.00 to $2,000.00, imprisonment for up to 12 months, or both.

Avoid Tailgating

Maintain a safe distance between your vehicle and the one ahead of you. As a result of the slow speeds and impatient drivers, rear-end collisions are a common occurrence in work zones.

Maintain a Safe Distance

Ensure a safe distance between your vehicle and traffic barriers, construction equipment, or workers.

Heed the Signs

Warning signs in work zones are designed to guide you and other drivers safely through the work area. These signs are there for your safety and the safety of road workers.

Follow Directions from Road Crew Flaggers

In a work zone, a flagger has the same authority as a regulatory sign. Disobeying a flagger’s traffic control directions can lead to penalties.

Stay Focused and Minimize Distractions

Keep your full attention on the road and avoid activities like changing radio stations or using cell phones while driving in a work zone.

Keep Up with the Traffic Flow

Help maintain traffic flow and posted speeds by merging as soon as possible. Avoid driving right up to the lane closure and then attempting to merge.

many car accidents happen near construction sites

Legal Process After a Work Zone Accident

Victims of auto accidents in work zones are usually caused by the careless or reckless actions of drivers. An Atlanta car accident lawyer can help you file a personal injury case and recover the compensation you deserve.

Immediate Medical Care: Your Health Comes First 

Your health is your most valuable asset. If you’re injured, it’s vital to get medical attention right away. This step is not only important for your health but also for your personal injury case, as the medical records serve as crucial evidence.

Choosing the Right Attorney: A Crucial Decision 

The success of your case largely depends on the attorney you choose. They should be proficient in Georgia’s personal injury laws and experienced in handling similar cases.

Promptly Inform Your Insurance Company 

It’s crucial to notify your insurance company about the accident as soon as possible. This step is important for the processing of your claim and to comply with your policy’s requirements.

Collecting Evidence: Building a Strong Case 

Collecting comprehensive evidence is a key step before filing a personal injury claim. This includes medical records, witness statements, police reports, photos of the accident scene and injuries, and medical bills.

Determining Fault

Establishing who is at fault is a critical part of the personal injury claim process. This involves proving that the other party was negligent and that this negligence caused your injuries.

Statute of Limitations: The Legal Deadline 

In Georgia, you have two years from the accident to file a personal injury case. It’s important to be aware of this deadline to ensure you don’t lose your right to legal action. In certain circumstances, this deadline might be extended.

Settlement Negotiations

Once fault has been established, your attorney will negotiate a settlement with the at-fault party’s insurance company. This involves discussions to reach an agreement that adequately compensates you for your injuries and damages.

Taking a Lawsuit to Court

If a fair settlement cannot be reached through negotiations, your case may go to trial. In this scenario, your attorney will present your case in court, and a judge or jury will decide on the compensation you should receive.

Call Our Atlanta Car Accident Lawyers for Help Today

If you’re involved in a work zone accident in Georgia, it can be overwhelming to file a personal injury claim while recovering from your injuries. The driver’s insurance company will also try to minimize your settlement.

You should enlist an experienced Atlanta car accident lawyer to handle your case and help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact the Weinstein Firm at 770-HELP-NOW to schedule a free consultation.

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