Some of the most dangerous roads in Kansas are the ones where road construction or maintenance is taking place, but many Kansas drivers do not think of road construction as a driving hazard. Most people view construction zones as a place of traffic tie-ups, and delays, but they are also a dangerous place for Kansas drivers, pedestrians, and road construction crews. Certain safety measures are implemented to insure drivers’ safety in construction zones, but there are over 40,000 people injured each year in road construction areas. Most people assume that construction zone safety measures such as orange cones, warning signs, orange flags and reduced speed limits are primarily for the protection of construction workers. However, eighty percent of those involved in serious or fatal accidents in construction zones are motorists and pedestrians.
If you are seriously injured or lose a loved one in a serious Kansas car accident, you may have a right to financial compensation for your injuries and loss. At the Liberal, KS law firm of Koehn &Tahirkheli. L.L.C., we are committed to providing the highest quality legal services to those who are the victims of the negligence of others in Southwest Kansas.
The most common causes of construction zone accidents in Kansas include the following:
- Heavy equipment in roadways blocking traffic
- Confusing signs
- Unsafe detours
- Confused drivers in wrong lanes
- Poorly placed barriers
- Debris in the road
There are frequently many distractions in a construction zone that cause drivers to make serious errors in judgment when passing through these areas resulting in car accidents. Sometimes construction zone accidents are caused by incompetent workers who are hired when private contractors do road construction and do not adequately screen, train or supervise their employees. These poorly trained workers can confuse motorists traveling through construction zones increasing their confusion and the probability of a serious construction zone car crash. There are many individuals and entities that may be responsible for a construction zone accident including government entities, private contractors, sub-contractors, equipment rental companies or other motorists.
Many times work zone accidents are caused by drivers, who disregard lower speed limits, detour signs, warning signals or protective barriers. Motorists must pay special attention when driving through construction zones because road conditions can change daily along with the placement of signs and barriers. It is important that you retain a law firm that has knowledge and experience with the state and federal safety standards that apply to construction zones. Construction zone car crashes can be challenging to litigate because the situation changes rapidly so evidence can disappear or be destroyed. Issues involving the preservation of evidence can become even more complex if the construction ends, and the roadway re-opens during an investigation because this may leave no evidence at all of the accident.
If you are involved in a car accident caused by road construction, it is important that you seek legal advice from an attorney who is experienced in handling Kansas road construction accidents. The experienced Kansas car accident lawyers at the law office of Koehn &Tahirkheli. L.L.C. are dedicated to obtaining the best possible outcome for injured Kansas residents. We offer a free initial consultation so that we can assess your case so you have nothing to lose and everything to gain. We represent auto accident victims in all types of Kansas auto accidents so give us a call today at (620) 624-8158.
Koehn & Tahirkheli, L.L.C. serves the cities of Liberal, Garden City, Sublette, Elkhart, Johnson City, Hugoton, Ulysses, Dodge City, Meade, Seward County, and serving all other communities in Southwest Kansas.