Some say that there are two seasons in Chicago – winter and construction season. Given the number of major roads, thoroughfares, and interstates in and around Chicago, road construction zones are a common occurrence. Construction zones can make roads more dangerous and susceptible to accidents, given the reduction of lanes, narrowing of lanes, and diversion of traffic that is often involved. Accordingly, drivers are expected to slow down and drive with more caution in order to protect themselves, other motorists, and construction workers on the roadway.
Unfortunately, motorists do not always obey construction zone signs or drive with extra care, and accidents occur as a result. In fact, according to the data provided by the Illinois Department of Transportation, there were 4,863 reported traffic collisions in Illinois construction zones in 2011, which injured 1,525 persons and killed 24 people.
At Cogan & Power, P.C., our Chicago construction zone accident attorneys focus on helping persons who are injured in Illinois auto accidents, including the victims of construction zone accidents, head-on collisions, and rear-end accidents. We will fight to get you the maximum financial recovery possible.
Some of the most common types of construction zone auto accidents include:
(due to excessive speed or following too closely)
(due to narrowed lanes or two lanes merging into one lane)
Motorists are expected to operate their vehicles with the appropriate level of care, which means obeying the law and posted signs, as well as using extra precautions if a driving situation becomes more dangerous. If a motorist doesn’t obey posted construction signs or fails to exercise extra care given the situation, and an auto accident occurs as a result, he or she could be liable for any resulting injuries, damages, and deaths. Moreover, if an accident occurs due to improper warning signs or road defects, the entity responsible for maintaining the roadway could be held liable.
If you were injured in a construction zone accident, you may be able to recover money damages for the following:
At Cogan & Power, our Chicago auto accident lawyers are committed to helping the victims of auto accidents, including those injured in construction zone accidents, obtain full and fair recovery. As a result of our comprehensive legal representation, extensive litigation experience, and considerable accident and injury knowledge, we have obtained numerous substantial verdicts and settlements for our clients.
We pride ourselves on the exceptional client service and attention that we provide to each and every client. If you cannot come to our offices in downtown Chicago, we will come to you. And because we take cases on a contingency basis, you will not pay any fee unless we get you compensation.
Contact the dedicated Chicago construction zone accident attorneys at Cogan & Power at (312) 477-2500 for a free consultation to discuss your legal rights following a construction zone auto accident.