Work Zone Accidents
At the Law Offices of John C. Manoog III, our car crash attorneys represent injured residents of Cape Cod and other regions of Massachusetts in vehicle collision cases. For more than two decades, we have helped numerous accident victims pursue the full legal remedies that they deserve. The firm’s track record of success includes several six- and seven-figure verdicts and settlements, which have helped earn us a strong reputation in our community.Bringing a Negligence Claim after a Work Zone Accident
Although car accident cases often center on driver liability, the fact of the matter is that there may be a variety of different people and entities that are legally responsible for a crash. A manufacturer or parts maker, for example, may be responsible if the vehicle or one of its features malfunctioned before or during a collision. A business also may be held liable for accidents that its workers cause while on the job.
Businesses and government entities are also likely to have played a role in causing crashes that occur because of hazards created in a work zone. That includes contractors, subcontractors, and potentially anyone else responsible for planning or carrying out the road work being done.
Car accident cases generally involve claims for negligence, a legal theory under which people and entities may be held liable for any injuries they cause by failing to live up to what is known as a “duty of care.” In the same way that drivers owe others on the road a duty to operate their vehicles safely, construction, maintenance, and repair crews and the companies or government agencies that they work for are expected to perform road work in a reasonably safe manner and to properly warn motorists of any hazards present in a work zone.
Massachusetts operates under a complicated system of regulations that require road and other public works projects to include certain safety precautions. Depending on the size and scope of the project, crews may be required to use designated individuals to help direct traffic away from any potential hazards, set out traffic control equipment like lights, signs, and large orange drums, and even deploy police details in some cases. These measures are intended not only to alert drivers of the work being done, but also to control speeds in hazardous areas.How Comparative Fault May Affect Damages
In order to establish negligence, an accident victim would need to provide detailed evidence showing the safety precautions that the crew was obligated to take, its failure to do so, how that failure contributed to the accident, and quantifiable damages that were sustained.
In some cases, a judge or jury may find that both the road crew and an injured driver were partially responsible for a crash. That may be true, for instance, in a case where a speeding driver collides with a paving truck because there was not adequate signage alerting the driver that the truck was moving slowly up ahead. Under state law, the driver can still recover some damages based on proportionate fault if he or she is deemed no more than 50 percent responsible for the crash.Consult an Experienced Massachusetts Attorney for Your Motor Vehicle Collision Case
At the Law Offices of John C. Manoog III, our lawyers have more than 146 years of combined experience representing clients in car accident cases, including those that occur in work zones. We are accomplished litigators who know how to build persuasive arguments for the people whom we represent and skilled negotiators who make every effort to resolve matters through settlement when appropriate.
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a car crash, truck accident, or another type of motor vehicle collision, the Massachusetts lawyers at the Law Offices of John C. Manoog III can help. We offer free consultations from our offices, which are conveniently located in Hyannis and Plymouth. We are also happy to travel to you if you cannot make it to us. We do not charge a fee in many cases unless we are successful. Call us at 888-262-6664 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation. Nós Falamos Português.