Philadelphia Car Accident Lawyers: Liability for Mistakes in the Construction of Roads

March 14, 2016

Mistakes in the construction of roads can cause significant injuries to drivers. In such cases, the injured person often times attempts to hold the construction company responsible for the road conditions that caused their injuries.

Dangerous road conditions include:

  • Improper signage;
  • Construction sites that require motorists to make unusually sharp or difficult turns; and
  • Leaving the pavement in such a state that a dangerous condition

Construction workers and motorists can sue a construction company for injuries caused by mistakes in the construction of roads. In order to win a personal injury lawsuit, the injured person bringing the suit must prove that:

(1) The defendant had a duty to keep the injured person safe;
(2) The defendant breached their duty to the injured person; and
(3) The defendant’s breach caused harm to the injured person.

Duty

As a general rule, construction companies have a duty to motorists to keep construction sites safe. The question that is usually argued in personal injury claims is what constitutes a safe construction zone. First, the construction company must follow state and federal laws that are aimed towards helping keep motorists and construction workers safe near construction sites. In addition to these laws, construction companies may need to take additional reasonable steps to keep motorists safe. In order to show what a “reasonable” step would be, both parties will usually hire an expert witness to testify about what they would have done in the same or similar circumstances.

Breach and Harm

If a construction company fails to comply with state and federal laws or acts unreasonably, a judge or jury is likely to find that they breached their duty and were negligent. However, proving negligence alone is not enough for an injured person to be victorious in a personal injury suit. The injured person must show that the defendant’s negligence actually caused them to be injured. So, if a construction company made a road unusually tight and a motorist was going around the curve at too high of a rate of speed and was injured, the injured person may be who the court finds was negligent instead of the construction company.

In most car accident personal injury claims, damages are:

  • Property damage;
  • Medical expenses;
  • Lost wages;
  • Pain and suffering; and
  • Loss of normal life

Philadelphia Car Accident Lawyers at DiTomaso Law Advocate for Victims of Poorly Designed Roadways

If you, a loved one or someone you know has been injured due to mistakes in the construction of roadways, contact our team of seasoned Philadelphia car accident lawyers at DiTomaso Law. Injuries to motorists on roadways are usually due to the negligence of another person, company or governmental organization. We will help you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries. With offices in Cherry Hill, New Jersey and Center City, Philadelphia, we represent car accident victims and their families throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey, including Cherry Hill, Mount Holly and Camden County. Call us now for a free consultation at 1-866-FOR-LESS (856-351-5223) or contact us online.