Every driver knows that an accident can come virtually anytime and anywhere. To prevent one, you drive cautiously and pay attention to what’s going on around you. But you can’t control the actions of other drivers – you can’t prevent them from becoming distracted and making mistakes. This can be particularly true around work zones.
Work zones are filled with distractions
According to data collected by the National Safety Council, in 2019 alone, nearly 900 people were killed in work zones across the nation. Almost 40,000 more suffered injuries. Georgia accounted for 104 of those deaths. And while the drivers of motor vehicles made up more than half of those killed nationally, nearly 300 were either passengers or nearby pedestrians. Even bicyclists became victims. No one is immune to the dangers of a work zone.
Every driver owes everyone around them a duty to drive in a safe and reasonable manner at all times. When someone fails in that duty and injures another person, they are legally negligent. As a victim of such negligence, Georgia gives you the right to file a personal injury lawsuit, so that you can be made whole again.
Work zones require a heightened level of focus, due to the activity which occurs around them. The work which is being done can distract drivers from their primary responsibility of operating their vehicle safely. Loud noises created by construction can make it more difficult to hear what’s going on around the car. And the work can require traffic to be rerouted, forcing drivers to use routes with which they are unfamiliar.
The unfortunate reality is that some drivers do not adapt to these distractions well. Too many make mistakes, leading to you or your loved ones being injured. When this happens, a personal injury lawsuit is a powerful tool at your disposal. It allows you to collect the compensation to which you are entitled and to hold the person at fault accountable for their negligent actions.