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"M.A.," a 30-year-old man, was driving to work in New Mexico. Suddenly a commercial truck veered across the center line and struck his vehicle head on. M.A. died at the scene. The McNeely Stephenson firm was hired shortly after the crash to represent the family of the deceased.

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Highway Work Zone Accidents in Indianapolis

Although Indiana’s motto — “Crossroads of America” — originally referred to river transportation and early land routes, it’s even more appropriate today.

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Increased Accident Risk
How hazardous are work zones?
Who is in danger in work zones?
What causes work zone accidents?
Who is responsible for work zone injuries and deaths?
Accident Litigation Considerations

Indiana has more miles of Interstate Highway per square mile than any other state in the nation. Fourteen interstates crisscross Indiana — I-64, I-65, I-69, I-70, I-74, I-80, I-90, I-94, I-164, I-265, I-275, I-465, I-469, I-865 — as well as untold numbers of state roads. While all of these roads make for convenient connections and bring travelers and revenue into the state, they also are the site of injury and death for tens of thousands of motorists each year.

There are nearly 30,000 miles of highways in Indiana. According to Smart Growth America, a national organization advocating for wise decisions in community planning, 41% of Indiana’s roads have “fallen out of good condition.” They say that Indiana would need to spend $650 million annually for the next twenty years to get the current backlog of poor-condition major roads into a state of good repair and maintain all state-owned roads in good condition.

Increased Accident Risk

At McNeely Stephenson, an Indianapolis personal injury law firm focusing on motor vehicle accidents, we know these facts contribute to wrecks in two ways:

(1) dangerously poor road conditions can cause a crash, and

(2) work zones, where construction and repair activities are taking place, present hazards in and of themselves.

If you have been involved in a crash anywhere in Indiana, we can help you obtain compensation to pay for expenses such as medical treatment, loss of income, and reduced earning capacity — and we’ll do that by discovering all parties who contributed to the accident, including contractors and highway agencies. Call us at 317-825-5200 for a free consultation about your Indiana work zone accident or contact us online.

How hazardous are work zones?

Nationally, each year nearly 1,000 fatalities and 43,000 serious injuries occur in vehicle accidents in work zones. In 2013, 13 people were killed and more than 300 were injured in Indiana Department of Transportation work zones. By Labor Day of 2014, INDOT was reporting 1,379 crashes in highway work zones, in which there were six fatalities.

Who is in danger in work zones?

You would expect that road construction and repair personnel would be in danger of being hit by a moving vehicle. In the United States, about 130 workers die each year in road construction activities. Of this total, approximately 23% of the fatalities are due to pedestrian workers being struck by road traffic. McNeely Stephenson has an excellent track record of advocating for victims of workplace accidents.

But you might be surprised to learn that four out of five people killed in work zones are motorists, not highway workers.

What causes work zone accidents?

Some work zone crashes result from the same kind of negligent behavior that endangers people on any road: speeding, distracted driving, drunk driving, reckless lane changes, failure to yield right of way, and so on.

But work zones themselves may have characteristics that cause wrecks:

  • Obstructed view
  • Confusing, improper or lack of signage
  • Confusing traffic control devices
  • Hazards on or next to the road
  • Pavement drop-off
  • Inadequate pavement markings
  • Lack of decreased speed limit
  • Channeling devices
  • Narrow lanes
  • Frequent merge areas
  • Barriers
  • Distracting pedestrians, such as flaggers.

Who is responsible for work zone injuries and deaths?

There are often multiple defendants in work zone lawsuits. In addition to other motorists who were negligent, at McNeely Stephenson we investigate the details of the crash site to determine the potential liability of one or more of the following:

  • Government highway agency
  • Highway agency’s traffic control designer
  • Highway agency’s construction contractor
  • Highway contractor’s subcontractor
  • Inspection consultant
  • Individual employees of the above.

Accident Litigation Considerations

A work zone victim may allege that the zone was improperly designed; that elements such as barriers were improperly installed; that the area was not well maintained; that the plan was inconsistent with existing standards; that drivers were not given positive guidance; and/or that the addition or removal of certain traffic control devices would have been safer.

Recently, an accident in a Pennsylvania work zone led to a $15.8 million verdict for the family of a severely injured woman. The lawsuit named the construction contractor, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, as well as a speeding motorist. It alleged that the construction zone was dangerous because it lacked rumble strips, message displays and failure to prohibit turns, and that no improvements had been made in the area despite previous collisions there.

real-life cases

We have won numerous multi-million dollar cases for our clients.

See examples of how we helped clients whose lives were turned upside down by reckless or negligent acts of others. We took on negligent county officials when D.H. flew over his handlebars while riding on a bridge left in disrepair for years. We brought justice to the family of of J.M. and his wife after a defective tire ended their lives. We held a drunk driver and those who served him alcohol accountable when he seriously injured B.K., who also lost three family members in a crash.

Read more examples of how we get justice and compensation for our clients.

VERDICTS & SETTLEMENTS

Let us put our resources to work for you.

The attorneys of McNeely Stephenson have been successfully litigating personal injury cases in Indiana since 1982. We know how to conduct a thorough investigation into an accident’s causes. Our many decades of representing Hoosiers injured in car crashes has helped us build a network of medical experts, economists and others who can assist in documenting a victim’s injuries and financial losses. Put our Indianapolis car accidents lawyer on your side.

Aggressive courtroom advocates and tenacious settlement negotiators, our Indiana vehicular accident lawyers will fight for your rights when you have been harmed in a distracted driving accident on Indiana highways. Contact Mike Stephenson at 1-317-825-5200 or use our online contact form to arrange a free consultation. McNeely Stephenson. Trusted Advisors. Proven Advocates.

 

Updates
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July 12, 2019 / Truck Accidents
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