Recovery for NY Construction and Traffic Accidents

The roads of New York seem to be in a constant state of construction and repair. This level of construction is necessary because of the tremendous stress of extreme weather and massive amounts of vehicular traffic. In addition, new infrastructure is required to support an ever-growing population and tourist industry. Workers put themselves in serious danger to keep these roads useable and safe for the millions of New Yorkers and visitors travelling into and around the city and the surrounding suburbs. In fact, 133 road construction workers died in 2012 in on-the-job accidents.

Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. applies more than 30 years of experience, our extensive resources and our vast experience, skill and expertise to determining the cause of your roadway construction accident. Our law firm only handles personal injury and wrongful death claims, so we can give your case our full, knowledgeable attention. We know this is a difficult time for you and your family. Our New York City roadway safety defects attorneys focus on recovering the full amount of money you are entitled to as quickly as possible to relieve the financial stress resulting from a construction or roadway defect injury.

Roadway Construction Safety

Roadway construction sites are particularly dangerous because you use heavy equipment and stand only feet away from speeding motorists. Occupational Safety & Health Organization (OSHA) and New York Labor Department regulations protect you from these hazards.

Unfortunately, employers, contractors and government agencies do not always follow these important rules and thereby put you in jeopardy of:

  • Being struck by heavy construction equipment
  • Being struck by a passing car or tractor-trailer
  • Being run over by a backing up dump truck on the jobsite
  • Falling from or being crushed by overturned vehicle
  • Colliding with other moving equipment
  • Falling from height, especially if working on a bridge or overpass
  • Being crushed by a trench collapse
  • Being hit by flying debris
  • Being exposed to toxic chemicals and fumes

Negligence of Road Construction Employers and Contractors

Your employer and the contractor have the duty to protect your safety by taking specific precautions, such as:

  • Increasing your visibility with reflective bibs
  • Setting up cones, flares, flagmen and signs to divert traffic
  • Using construction barriers to block traffic from entering the worksite
  • Providing you with safety gear, such as hardhats, gloves and goggles
  • Implementing workplace safety policies
  • Training heavy equipment operators and on-the-ground workers

Negligence of Motorists

Motorists also have a duty to act with care when passing through a construction site. Drivers can be held liable for such negligent driving conduct as:

  • Speeding through the construction zone
  • Illegal passing in the construction area
  • Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Texting or talking on the phone while driving
  • Distracted driving
  • Negligent or Reckless driving
  • Ignoring the flagman, signs, cones and other warning devices

Recover Money and Benefits After You Were Injured in a Roadway Construction Accident

Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. offers a free appointment to discuss your roadway construction accident injury. Call our Manhattan, Bronx, Jericho, Deer Park or White Plains office at 1-888-575-6410 to schedule your consultation today. We take your claim on a contingency fee basis. You, therefore, do not pay us unless we recover money or benefits for you.