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Dangers of Road Construction Zones in Chicago, Illinois

Written by Jared Staver

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Jared Staver is a Personal Injury Lawyer based in Chicago, Illinois and has been practicing law for over 20 years.

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CATEGORY: Auto Accidents, Work Injury


Chicago roadways like the Eisenhower Expressway and Veterans Memorial Tollway are always being worked on. These road construction zones can pose dangers to drivers and may cause car accidents. Work zones are also dangerous for the construction workers in those areas.

If you or a loved one were involved in a work zone accident, contact Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. for help. We will investigate the scene of the accident and determine who is at fault. We will help you win money to cover your damages.

5 Dangers of Work Zones

Construction zones are dangerous. Some of the causes of those dangers include:

  • Narrow lanes
  • Changing traffic patterns
  • Workers present on the roadway
  • Varying speed limits
  • Presence of road construction equipment

All of these things can contribute to a car accident or incident where a worker is injured on the job.

Reasons for Highway Construction Zone Accidents

One of the primary reasons for construction zone accidents is drivers’ failure to comply with roadway signage. Signs instruct drivers to reduce speed, maintain lanes, and lookout for workers. However, speeding is common in construction zones in Chicago.

If caught speeding in a construction zone, you can face a significant fine, but it may also cause an accident that results in the death of another driver or a construction worker. If you are in an accident caused by someone who was speeding in a construction zone, we can use that information as proof of negligence. We will build a case against them and help you get your expenses covered through a personal injury claim.

Another cause of construction zone accidents is the presence of commercial trucks on narrowed roadways and dangerous environments. Semi trucks travel at high speeds and can easily pop a tire or lose tread in a construction zone where equipment has left screws, rocks, and dirt in the roadway. Large truck drivers must take additional care in construction zones to avoid hitting smaller vehicles around them.

Who Is At Fault in a Road Construction Accident?

It’s important to work with an attorney who is familiar with work zone accidents because many people can be at fault. You will need to name everyone who was negligent in your claim so that it doesn’t get thrown out.

If there is more than one party at fault or we try to include more than one defendant, they will likely try to point the finger at one another. Defendants rarely accept blame. The insurance companies will want to pay little or nothing on your claim. We may include the following as defendants in your construction zone accident claim:

  • Your employer
  • A negligent driver
  • The city or county
  • Construction equipment manufacturer
  • A general contractor
  • A subcontractor
  • Other third parties

Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. Can Help You With a Construction Zone Accident

Construction zone accidents can be more complex than other wrecks because they often involve multiple defendants who share the responsibility of paying you what you deserve. You need to work with a lawyer who has experience with this type of claim and who will fight for your right to recover. Call us today at (312) 236-2900 or use our online contact form to schedule a free consultation.

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