Construction workers face innumerable hazards on the job. In fact, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), more than 100,000 construction workers suffer injuries and nearly 1,000 construction workers die on the job every year in the United States.
A major hazard on construction sites can be the work zone itself. Get informed on who may be held liable for a wrongful death in a work zone.
Who’s Responsible for a Work Zone Accident?
Work zones, particularly those located on busy roads and freeways, can be extremely dangerous. When not protected properly, they offer little defense to construction workers other than flimsy traffic cones and, if an accident does occur, the consequences are often fatal.
In the event of a work zone accident resulting in a wrongful death, several parties may be liable for their negligence that led to the death. There are several parties that may be held liable for this incident, including the following:
- A third-party worker. Not all workers on a construction site are employed by the same company. If a third-party worker contributed to a wrongful death in a work zone accident, such as by failing to direct traffic safely or set up safety barricades, then they may be held liable for damages through a wrongful death claim.
- A reckless driver. Drivers must comply with work zone speed limits in order to keep construction workers safe. Sadly, however, many drivers travel through work zones while distracted or driving too fast. In such a case, the negligent driver may be held liable for the family’s losses.
It is important to note that where a worker is killed as a result of their employer or another coworker’s negligence, the worker’s compensation exclusivity rule may bar a civil wrongful death lawsuit.
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Knowing the right course of action to take after a loved one’s tragic death may seem overwhelming. That’s why our Los Angeles trial attorneys at Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP are here to help you through the process. We can identify any and all liable parties and help you and your family recover the compensation you need.
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