Stephen Hasner | Construction Accidents | November 23, 2023
Construction zones are loud, filled with smoke and sparks, and inherently dangerous. They require the hiring of qualified workers and many rules and regulations about barriers, protective gear, and who is allowed to pass by. Even with these implemented safety rules, you can still be involved in an accident and experience an injury.
If you have fallen victim to a construction zone injury, you are entitled to partner with a knowledgeable attorney and file a personal injury claim with the liable party’s insurance. The team at Hasner Law possesses the experience and compassion necessary to handle a claim as complex as one involving a construction zone and is prepared to handle your case today.
The Legal Duty of Care of Workers in a Construction Zone
Active construction zones are highly regulated and dangerous areas. This means all property owners have the legal duty to keep themselves and passersby safe, including all pedestrians and drivers. When they fail to adhere to this standard of care by acting in a negligent or reckless manner, they leave those who are traveling by the zone at risk of an accident or injury. Common examples of negligent behavior on behalf of the construction company include the following:
- Lack of proper training
- Failure to properly clean up the site
- Not marking off the construction zone
- Suddenly stopping traffic
- Unsafely performing tasks
- Hiring unqualified employees
With this said, it is up to drivers and pedestrians to exercise caution as well. Due to the heightened sense of danger, pedestrians are expected to adhere to the barriers, and drivers should operate their motor vehicles with due care. Under the Official Code of Georgia Section 40-6-188, construction zones are required to have a lower speed limit in order to decrease the chance of an accident.
Georgia currently follows a modified comparative negligence law, meaning you can still be found partially responsible for your accident and recover damages. For example, if you are speeding in a construction zone where the workers are acting in a negligent or reckless manner, you may be found partially responsible for the accident. As long as you are not 50% or more liable for the accident, you can file a claim with the other party’s insurance for damages.
How a Dedicated Attorney Can Help
When you have been injured in a construction zone due to the negligence of a reckless party, you are entitled to partner with a knowledgeable attorney and file a claim with the negligent party’s insurance for benefits. The team at Hasner Law is here to help guide you through this process and handle all of the important legal aspects of your case while you concentrate on healing. This includes the collection and assessment of any relevant information to establish a liable party and the filing of your claim as well.
From this point, we will handle all correspondence and scheduling with the insurance company, including negotiations. We will fight for you to recover the most possible damages for your injuries, including economic damages, non-economic damages, and punitive damages where applicable.
Schedule Your Free Consultation Today
Facing the financial strain of medical bills and missed wages after a construction zone accident is a daunting challenge. Let the experienced professionals at Hasner Law shoulder the legal complexities so you can prioritize healing and recovery. Our dedicated personal injury attorneys are seasoned in navigating the intricate landscape of Georgia’s construction zone laws. With a combined experience of over 100 years, we’re unwavering in our commitment to secure the justice and benefits you are entitled to.
Don’t wait any longer to take the first step towards justice and recovery. Contact Hasner Law now for a complimentary case evaluation by calling our office at (678) 928-8784 or using our contact form.