Hi, my name is Kenneth Berger and I handle life-changing injury and wrongful death cases across the state of South Carolina. I made this video to talk about who is and should be held responsible if there's been a car accident in the construction zone.
As a South Carolina car accident lawyer and even as a citizen, we know that construction zones can be inherently dangerous. The construction zone itself may be poorly set up due to really bad signage, dangerous drop-offs from uneven pavement, and dangerous curves. We also know that these areas can be poorly lit at times and they may have barricades that are just really poorly placed and create bad lane changes and mergers. Another thing is because people are quickly changing speed within construction zones, it can make the situation even more dangerous if you're near distracted drivers or intoxicated drivers.
Who is Liable for Car Crashes in Construction Zones?
So who can be held liable: the legal word for responsible, right? Who may be negligent or reckless and thus be accountable for the harm? Well, the first one that we look at in terms of fault is oftentimes road construction companies and that goes back to not setting up the construction zone in a safe, proper manner. It can also be because they're operating equipment in a dangerous way.
In addition to the construction companies or the state entities that might be working with the construction companies, we also look at other drivers, right? And this is where distracted driving, speeding, and drunk driving can all come into play. Another one is trucking companies, okay? We got a bunch of semis out on South Carolina's roadways. Semi trucks, 18 wheelers; the rules that govern them say they're supposed to give people more space.
We know that those trucks can cause more harm than an average passenger car, so we know those trucks have to follow a different set of rules than just the average family car, including making sure that they're giving folks plenty of space in front of them and keeping eyes out really in every direction.
Contact Us for any Work Zone Collision
So if you've been involved in any type of car accident in a construction zone, let us know. We want to identify who should be held responsible. Sometimes it's more than one entity, right? It's not an either-or thing. It may be a distracted driver and the construction company or it may just be one. Either way, oftentimes there are multiple insurance providers and we'd love to be able to take the weight of having to deal with those folks off your shoulders so that you can focus on making a fast and full recovery while we can work toward a secure, full, and fair settlement. If you have any questions whatsoever, please feel free to reach out to us. Again, my name is Kenneth Berger. I appreciate you taking the time to watch this video and we look forward to hearing from you.