Highway construction sites are one of the most hazardous sites in the construction industry. A recent survey in NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) has stated that Florida is in the second position when it comes to motor accidents on road construction sites causing at least 60 deaths and countless injuries every year.
Florida Work Zone Accident Statistics
A majority of victims of road construction accidents are passengers in their motor vehicles and the cause of these accidents was noted to be truck accidents. These figures are much higher when compared to normal accidents. Where accidents taking place with construction workers are concerned, the following are the causes of these injuries.
- Colliding with Vehicles
- Falling Objects
- Truck runovers
- Getting stuck between accidents
Out of the many road construction accidents, a majority took place on the following position:
- Supervisory Positions
- Rad Construction laborers
- Equipment Operating Staff
- Tractor drivers
- Highway Maintenance staff
Common Work Zone Traffic Accidents
One of the most common ways that road construction accident takes place is due to rear-end crashes. This usually happens on roads which have a speed limit of 50 km per hour due to which the impact of the damage is much more powerful.
Other reasons for these accidents include drivers who are not paying attention to speed limits, lane shifts and other signs that indicate there is road construction going on. People failing to abide by these laws can be booked under offense in Florida. The driver will be held solely responsible for an accident taking place in the work zone just because he was breaking the rule.
Safeguarding Road Construction Sites
There are a series of ways that can be used to prevent accidents. These methods include:
- Properly formatted traffic control plans.
- Installation of traffic controlling devices
- Stalling clear signs to warn
- Information regarding project for public awareness
- Effective use of strategies like speed reminders, signal timing, and traffic management
- Proper training of workers to enable them to ensure the best practices.
- Conducting hazard assessment on regular basis.
An injury incurred while on the job will fetch your compensation from the company according to Florida laws. However, you will not be able to sue your employer for injuries. If it is a case of driver negligence, then you can claim from the driver’s no fault and other insurance policies.
On the other hand, the driver of a motor vehicle who has been injured can claim compensation from the party who was responsible for the accident. If the accident was rear-ended, then you can ask for compensation from the other vehicle driver. However, if you were injured because of the construction site negligence then you can claim compensation from the private company or the municipality, depending on who is responsible for the accident. If you have been injured due to a construction site accident contact us today for further assistance.