Car accidents are often the cause of negligence. Faulty road construction can cause car accidents and result in injury for a number of reasons. As Milwaukee spends a considerable amount to fix and maintain it’s highways and roadways, it’s important to keep an eye out for changing road conditions. Here’s what you need to know about personal injury due to negligent road construction.
The Facts on Faulty Road Construction
Car accidents in work zones are more common than you think. The Federal Highway Administration estimates that over 96,000 crashes occurred in work zones in 2015. Just over 26 percent of these crashes resulted in an injured motorist. Statistics also show that the number of crashes in work zones rose 42 percent since 2013. Faulty road construction refers to a number of conditions that hinder a person’s driving ability.
What Constitutes as Faulty Road Construction
There are a number of conditions that constitute as faulty road construction:
- Improper signage, such as not explaining lane usage. This can confuse drivers and may cause an accident
- Neglecting to fill in potholes or other construction-related road defects. Potholes can cause significant damage to automobiles and cause accidents. Road work that makes driving conditions undriveable can also attribute to car accidents.
- Faulty lane configurations. Vague directions for changing lanes can attribute to accidents in work areas.
- Poor maintenance. An example of this would be an improper clean up of work zones, which can cause accidents.
These examples are just a few ways that faulty road construction can cause accidents. Here’s what you need to know about seeking compensation for personal injuries due to faulty road construction.
What Should I Do After An Accident Involving Faulty Road Construction?
It’s important to seek compensation for any injuries or loss of income due to negligent road construction. Presenting your case to a personal injury lawyer can help you go in the right direction towards seeking compensation.
The key to winning a case for injury due to negligent road construction is to prove negligence. However, it can be difficult to prove negligence and who is responsible for an injury. Construction companies must comply with safety regulations, as do government entities. According to Nolo Law, if you want to make a claim against a government entity for not maintaining safe road conditions, you would have to prove that the government had neglected to fix road conditions that caused the accident.
Proving negligence against a construction company or worker can be difficult because you must prove that their negligence was the cause of injury. According to Section 2a of Wisconsin State Statute 895.07, plaintiffs must notify a contractor about a road defect within 90 days. After that, a contractor must fix the defect and settle the claim with the plaintiff. Due to the complicated nature of personal injuries and faulty road construction, you should consult a personal injury lawyer as the first step towards compensation.
When to Call a Personal Injury Lawyer
Personal injury results in more than physical harm. It can mean medical bills, loss of income and other hardships. Gebhard Law is one of Milwaukee’s leading personal injury lawyers. Contact us today if you need help you getting back on your feet after an incident.