With some of New Jersey’s aging infrastructure, construction is a necessity in and around Teaneck. Fortunately, construction zone accidents are generally declining, according to a 2018 report on work zone fatalities in New Jersey presented by the National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse.
However, any number of construction zone accidents should be considered too many. If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a construction zone accident, our Teaneck construction accident lawyers can help you. Begin working with us today, by calling Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi P.C. at (201) 585-9111.
About New Jersey Work Zone Construction Laws and Regulations
Construction projects are designed to make our lives simpler with the understanding that roads will continue to operate under temporary detours and re-routes.
With these daily disturbances, it makes sense that §39:4-183.22A of the New Jersey Legislative Statutes holds construction zone operators accountable for notifying the public with large and colorful construction warning signs, in addition to federal construction regulations. Likewise, drivers have a duty to protect construction workers by obeying these signs or facing the consequence of fines from the state under §39:4-203.5 of the New Jersey Legislative Statutes. Of course, in the worst-case scenario, failure to follow these safety precautions results in an accident.
Motorists and Construction Workers Are Obligated to Protect One Another
On the road, it is important to consider the fact that both parties could share fault in an accident. Under New Jersey Legislative Statute §2A:15-5.1, contributory negligence rules determine the percentage of damages each party will pay in a claim concerning personal injury. The lawyers at Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi P.C. will provide clarity on your best course of legal action.
Regardless of who is at fault, New Jersey is a no-fault insurance state, meaning that anyone involved in an accident will first file a claim through their individual insurance policy. However, this does not prevent you from pursuing additional damages against the liable party or their insurance policy.
To understand liability in a construction accident, you will want to review laws in place to protect and defend the rights of construction workers, pedestrians, and civilian motorists alike.
Construction Zone Rules for Workers
In addition to the laws concerning brightly colored signage for construction zones, Temporary Traffic Control (TTC) helps mitigate and control the flow of traffic in construction zones, according to the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT). Developing plans to control traffic is nearly equivalent to the creation of architectural blueprints, which makes sense considering how even small roadway construction projects can impact travel.
Construction Zone Rules for DriversAs a driver, you have a duty to protect construction workers and pedestrians. Even small accidents can have fatal consequences for workers on the road. Above all, motorists need to be conscious of the road and the inherent potential for accidents. The obligation to protect others on the road is upheld by maintaining alertness and awareness of upcoming construction areas and slowing down to navigate construction zones more conscientiously. Simply driving above 45 miles per hour in a safety-controlled work zone is a serious risk to others and a sign of negligence.
If you suffered any injuries or loss as a result of the negligence of a construction crew or motorist, the Teaneck construction accident lawyers at Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi P.C. can help build a case for you. Discuss your legal options during a free consultation when you call our offices at (201) 585-9111.
Breaking Down Construction Truck Accident Cases
To build your personal injury case, we will do the following tasks.
Determine All Potential Liable Parties
Our priority for your construction truck accident case is to maintain and defend your rights, holding all liable parties accountable. Our lawyers can advise you on your most viable lawsuits, but you may consider either of the following claim types:
Personal Injury Claims
- Emergency and long-term medical treatment costs.
- Physical therapy, emotional therapy costs.
- Prescription medication costs related to the accident that is not covered by your insurance.
- Lost ability to work, or lost wages from days of work you missed.
- Cost of financial dependents.
- Funeral costs can be filed on behalf of a loved one who died in the construction accident.
Property Damage Claims
- Costs of damage to your car, supported by an insurance adjuster.
- Cost of renting a car or relying on public transit.
- Replacing any car seats.
- Replacing all valuables damaged in the accident.
- Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi P.C. will build and uphold your case with ease. Do not worry about the litigation process. We will consider all cases, understanding that some of the most complicated cases are the most rewarding ones.
Prove Driver or Construction Worker Negligence
When you are in an accident in a construction zone and want to file a lawsuit, you must be able to prove negligence on behalf of the liable party. Some examples of what the lawyers at Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi P.C. will do to support your stance:
- Contact police for filed accident reports, investigate the driver or contractor’s history of negligence in accidents.
- Contact witnesses for additional information about the events on the day of your accident.
- Investigate the history of the scene of the accident, and determine if it is a high-risk zone for accidents.
Our lawyers know what is most important to you: getting back to the life you loved and enjoyed before the accident happened. We will not let anyone liable for your injuries get away without paying for them.
Work With a Teaneck Construction Accident Lawyer Today
After your accident in a construction zone, our first line of action will be building your case. Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi P.C. have a transparent approach to the law, keeping you informed and ready to fight for your rights.
Our goal is to get you the settlement you deserve. Call our offices today at (201) 585-9111 for a free consultation.