Summer is usually time for construction, maintenance, or repairs on highways and interstates. It’s also time for road trips. The combination of the two can be deadly. So, when a car accident happens in a work zone, who is liable for it?
Who is liable for car accidents in work zones?
A car accident in a work zone is like any other car accident really: whoever was at fault is liable. Two prime suspects for liability include:
The At-Fault Driver
Many work zone accidents are the result of negligence, and examples of driver negligence include:
- multi-car collision after the first car collides with construction equipment;
- rear-end collision while cars are moving slowly or are stopped and are bumper to bumper;
- collisions caused by distracted drivers who fail to see warning signs, construction workers, etc.
When a driver is at fault for the car accident, you can file a claim or lawsuit against his or her auto insurer as well as the driver directly, depending on the circumstances.