As a North Miami lawyer who sues for truck accidents, I find it shocking the number of car accidents that occur on South Florida’s highways and roadways — particularly in construction zones. The tasks that construction workers perform on job sites are dangerous enough — now add large trucks passing through and you have serious safety risks.
Yesterday afternoon on a Texas highway, a construction worker was killed after being struck by a large truck. The worker was performing highway construction for the Department of Transportation when he was hit. Authorities state that the 20-year old man was in the middle of a cement paving job on the side of the road. However, it remains unclear as to whether the construction worker was in the road at the time of the truck accident, or if the truck swerved off to the side of the road. Yet, investigation is ongoing and no charges or lawsuits have been filed.
As I mentioned in my post from September 17, 2012, one of the most dangerous vehicles traveling on the road are trucks. Simply put, lanes on a highway are typically 12 feet wide. This lane width does not pose a problem for normal cars. However, the average width of an 18-wheeler truck is 8 1/2 feet — that means that the truck has only 3 1/2 feet to work with when traveling in a typical highway lane. I do not mean to get all technical and numbers oriented, but in many of the truck accident cases that I have litigated in North Miami, the offending truck often sways just outside of its designated lane — causing a car accident, or worse, an accident involving a construction worker.
Needless to say, performing construction work on the side of a highway is extremely dangerous. This work becomes especially dangerous when trucks are traveling through these construction zones. For large trucks that have several blind spots, being given adequate notice of the presence of construction workers is of the utmost importance. That’s right, notice.
Many North Miami construction site cases involving a truck accident often come down to whether the truck driver had the proper notice of the presence of a construction project. Florida law requires that adequate notice is given to drivers well before approaching a construction area so that the driver, or truck driver for that matter, can have time to slow down, change lanes, or exit the highway if proper detours are in place.
Unfortunately, as a North Miami lawyer for many who are injured from truck accidents, I constantly find that one, or both, of the following factors contribute to car accidents: (1) the truck driver was speeding and driving carelessly through a construction zone; or (2) the truck driver was not given proper notice of a construction area ahead.
No matter the case, and sadly, even if all necessary precautions are followed, truck accidents continue to occur involving construction workers — as we have seen from the tragic accident detailed above.
If you or someone you know was injured in a truck accident, please contact us today.
By: Brandon Stein