Every year, thousands of pedestrians are injured or killed by vehicles, but that isn’t the only danger to people. Pedestrian construction site injuries can also occur in construction zones and in other special conditions.
“Fatalities in construction and maintenance work zones averaged 778 from 1994 through 1999, 1060 from 2000 to 2006, and 669 from 2007 through 2012. Fatalities in construction and maintenance work zones reach a peak of 1,095 in 2003, declining to 609 in 2012. Texas, California, and Florida ranked as the three states with the most fatalities in construction and maintenance work zones in 2012 – each with at least 50 deaths.”
While it appears the number of accidents and fatalities has been declining as of late, there are still numerous pedestrian accidents that result in severe injury or death.
There are just so many different dangers in construction sites. Throughout these zones, there is heavy machinery, electrical equipment, cranes, scaffolding, and more. Any one of these things could pose a severe threat to pedestrians. The most common accidents involving pedestrians in construction zones include:
- Accidents involving cranes
- Accidents from falling objects
- Slips and falls
- Accidents involving ladders and scaffolds
- Accidents involving forklifts
- Accidental electrocutions, and
- Pedestrian exposure to toxic substances.
While many of these cases may happen when pedestrians inadvertently or purposefully enters a construction zone, this isn’t always the case. Many times, these pedestrians are simply traveling in the areas they are allowed and they are injured or killed by something from the construction zone.
Types of Injuries
Obviously, some injuries could be very minor. Slips and falls may only result in bruises. Then again, they could result in broken bones as well. Many construction site pedestrian accidents occur and result in severe injuries, such as:
- Spinal cord trauma
- Head and brain trauma
- Broken bones
- Internal damage
No matter how major or minor the injuries may be, the pedestrian may be entitled to compensation.
If you have been the victim of a construction site accident when you were a pedestrian, you probably already know how costly this type of accident can be. In addition to the emotional and physical pain you may suffer from, you could also deal with very high medical bills, lost wages, and even disability. These expenses can add up very quickly and they can be very costly for you and your family.
The workers, owners, and manufacturers of construction zones have an important job to do. In addition to building, they are responsible for making the zones as safe as possible for the workers themselves as well as for pedestrians who may be walking by or nearby. Unfortunately, this duty is not always carried out. Too often, negligence can be responsible for pedestrian injury or death. This negligence could come from sloppiness from the workers, improper inspections, poorly designed equipment, and lack of understanding of safety codes.
In any of these cases, when a pedestrian is injured in a construction zone, they may be entitled to compensation. If you or your loved one was injured, then you need to ensure you know how to get the best compensation possible. This can be a little difficult since laws concerning construction sites can be very difficult to navigate. You will need to choose a high-quality attorney who knows how to work and defend your rights and who understands the legal system thoroughly. Don’t take chances choosing just any attorney if you want the best possible outcome.
If you or your loved one has been a victim in San Diego, then contact the attorneys at Thompson | Wedeking. You can get a free case evaluation when you call.