Maintaining Colorado roadways is crucial to the safety of all motorists. Building new streets and highways is necessary to ensure the economic stability and growth of the state. As a result, roadway construction workers continually are out in force on the streets and highways of Colorado.
Working on Colorado highways proves to be an extremely dangerous occupation. Of course, working on a roadway carries at least some level of risk even in the best of circumstances. Sadly, two primary factors unnecessarily exaggerate the risks associated with roadway construction jobs.
First, negligent motorists who flagrantly ignore the laws regarding construction zones place workers at a needlessly higher rate of injury or even death. Second, construction contractors sometimes fail to take all appropriate steps to protect the health, safety and welfare of their workers.
According to the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), 830 highway construction zones accidents occurred in 2011. (2011 represents that last year that a full set of injury statistics is available from CDOT.) 96 workers were injured as a result of these accidents. 10 workers were killed in roadway work zones in Colorado. Injured and killed workers include people employed by CDOT as well as by private contractors.
CDOT reports that these statistics are consistent with what has been occurring in Colorado roadway work zones over the course of the past several years. Even with public service announcements on television, on radio and in newspapers, negligent motorists continue to jeopardize the lives of hard working Coloradoans in these roadway construction zones.
If you or a member of your family have been injured due to negligence occurring in a roadway construction zone, you must understand your basic rights. At the top of the list is developing an understanding of who may be responsible for compensating you for injuries sustained because of someone else’s negligence.
Depending on the specific facts and circumstances surrounding a work zone accident, a motorist as well as your employer may bear responsibility for the injuries you sustained if they acted with negligence. For example, a motorist who exceeds the speed limit in a construction zone likely is negligent. Similarly, if your employer failed to maintain safety protocols, including actively attempting to regulate the speed of cars passing through the work zone, your employer may be responsible for your injuries as well.
The legal team at Harding & Associates will meet with you in a no-cost, no-obligation initial consultation to discuss the circumstances surrounding your case as well as your rights. Through this initial consultation, we will set out various legal recourses that may be available to you. Call our team at 303-762-9500 or 800-878-7888, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, to schedule an appointment.