What Should I Do After My Construction Zone Incident?

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There are construction zones all around us in the state of Texas, whether it be roads, highways, buildings, shopping centers, or otherwise. And even if you are just a passerby in a construction zone, there is still a possibility that you can get involved in an incident. If this is your case, read on to discover what you should do after your construction zone incident and how a seasoned Houston, Texas construction accident lawyer at White Personal Injury can help you explore your legal options.

Why may a construction zone incident occur in the state of Texas?

More often than not, a construction zone incident occurs due to the negligence of a construction site owner, a construction site project manager, or a construction zone worker. Just some examples of negligence include the following:

  • Failure to post warning signs or signals at necessary locations.
  • Failure to place lane barricades or cones at necessary locations.
  • Failure to drive a construction vehicle at the enforced speed limit.
  • Failure to operate heavy mechanical equipment with care.
  • Failure to properly train construction workers before operating heavy mechanical equipment.
  • Failure to relieve construction workers who are drowsy or fatigued.
  • Failure to identify toxic substances on the construction site.

What should I do if I am involved in a construction zone incident?

If you have, unfortunately, been involved in a construction zone incident due to no fault of your own, then you may be able to seek justice and compensation via a personal injury claim. For your claim, you must satisfy your burden of proof, and you can do so with the following steps:

  1. Call 911: a law enforcement officer will arrive to conduct a report and call an ambulance. Retain a copy of the report later on.
  2. Document the scene: take photos and videos of your injuries, damages, and construction zone hazards. Retain the same from witnesses later on.
  3. Collect contact information: get the information of a construction site owner. Retain the same from witnesses for testimony later on.
  4. Seek medical treatment: go to the ambulance at the scene and the hospital for follow-up treatments. Retain copies of medical documents and bills later on.
  5. Employ a lawyer: a competent Harris County, Texas personal injury lawyer will help you collect surveillance camera footage of your accident, among other things.

And lastly, after completing all the above steps, it is important that you file your claim before Texas’ statute of limitations. More specifically, your deadline is approximately two years from the date of your accident. So do not hesitate in giving our firm a call.

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