Anyone who has any familiarity at all with Nevada understands that construction zones are driving environments that people encounter quite often. These construction zones can involve nothing more than a shoulder that isn’t in operation or a slower speed limit zone, but some construction zones can involve elaborate rerouting that can provide little if any wiggle room for the vehicles that pass through these areas. What is known, unfortunately, is that a lot of car accidents occur in these areas and that too many people are badly injured and/or killed as a result of these construction zone accidents.
People need to be made aware of the actual level of danger involved with Nevada construction zone accidents for obvious reasons, the most obvious being that perhaps this knowledge will prompt drivers to use more caution in these areas. Below you will find a brief overview of the statistics that relate to these accidents. Anyone who has been harmed by a negligent or reckless driver in a construction zone needs to obtain the help of experienced Nevada accident lawyers as soon as possible.
The Nevada Department of Transportation tracks statistics regarding all types of car accidents that occur in the state, and one of the categories that the NDOT felt was prevalent enough to separate into its own category was construction zone accidents. According to the NDOT, nearly 1,600 of these accidents occur across the state on an annual basis. Approximately half of these crashes take place in what would be considered an ‘inactive’ work zone, or one where there are no workers present at the time.
In addition to the total number of crashes that take place, more than 800 people are injured in these types of crashes every year. Finally, more than one person is killed in a Nevada construction zone accident every month. These numbers have been largely consistent for several years running, although these statistics do relate somewhat to the amount of construction that’s being done overall.
When someone is injured in a Nevada car accident that occurred in a construction zone, that injured person does have legal rights and options available. Many people who cause these crashes will claim that they were confused by the unorthodox setting that was in place at the time of the crash, but the fact of the matter is that people can still act in a negligent manner when construction zones are in place. All they need to do to be found liable is to act in a way that does not measure up to the reasonable person standard.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a crash that occurred in a construction zone, you need to seek the help of Nevada accident lawyers who have been fighting for the rights of those harmed for many years. Contact the Sam Harding Law Firm today to schedule a free initial consultation.