Nashville work zone accident lawyers

Nashville Work Zone Accident Lawyers

Work zone accident attorneys in Nashville, Hendersonville, and Clarksville

With so many cars and trucks on the roads in Tennessee, it’s no wonder that construction crews are constantly doing maintenance and upgrades. At Rocky McElhaney Law Firm, our Nashville work zone accident lawyers help protect roadside workers and drivers after an accident in a construction zone. We’ve been a trusted source of help in Nashville, Tennessee for years because our clients know that we stop at nothing to protect their rights and futures after an accident. If you were injured in a work zone accident, our tenacious team of personal injury attorneys can help you obtain the compensation you need to start your recovery process.

What are the common causes of work zone accidents in Tennessee?

Our Nashville work zone accident lawyers work with investigators, the police, and accident reconstruction experts (if necessary) to show how your accident happened and what steps should have been taken to prevent the accident. We thoroughly question every witness, examine the vehicles, and review all the evidence that supports your claim.

Some of the common causes of work zone crashes include:

  • Speeding. Drivers who exceed the speed limit or just drive too fast for traffic conditions are likely to slam into other cars or into the construction site because they don’t have the distance and time to respond to sudden changes, like detour signs and work caution signs.
  • Driver distraction. Using a hand-held device, paying more attention to the radio, reading a map, or programming a GPS – all are examples of distracted driving. They all affect the driver’s ability to steer out of trouble.
  • Improper signage. Tennessee requires that construction companies post signs indicating work zones. If the signs are not posted or are placed in an area that is difficult to see, drivers may not realize there are workers on the road.
  • Lack of barriers. Temporary concrete barriers, hurricane fencing, or orange cones should be placed around work zones to indicate activity. If no barriers are put up, a driver may crash into the site or a worker, or drive the car off the road.
  • Lack of shoulders. Work zones often eliminate the shoulder of the road, giving a driver no place to safely pull off to the side. If a car breaks down and cannot move over, a multi-car pile-up can occur.
  • Limited visibility. Work done on winding roads or hills can limit a driver’s visibility. Drivers may also have difficulty navigating a work zone if there are 18-wheelers in the area, as the trucks can make it feel impossible for a driver to pass safely or to see what is ahead. A driver’s visibility and a worker’s visibility may also be affected if there isn’t adequate lighting or the bushes and trees around the site make it difficult to see.
  • Improper safety equipment. Workers also face additional dangers while working on the road. Defective or improper safety equipment puts workers at risk of electric shocks, devastating falls, and traumatic brain injuries.
  • Defective machinery. A defective crane, an overloaded forklift, or a faulty excavator can all lead to serious injuries. Workers whose heavy machinery fails or tips over could suffer crush injuries which may lead to paralysis, amputation of a limb, or death.

What types of injuries do work zone accidents cause?

Work zone accidents often cause life-changing and catastrophic injuries because a worker has no protection against the mass, metal, and force of a car. Collisions between drivers also cause very severe injuries. Many construction accidents involving a vehicle and a worker are fatal.

Our Nashville work zone lawyers represent victims who have any severe injury including:

Who is responsible for a Nashville work zone accident?

Potential liable parties for your accident, resulting injuries, and damages include:

  • The construction company
  • Engineering companies
  • Contractors and subcontractors
  • Drivers
  • The owners of the vehicle that caused the accident
  • Other defendants

What type of claim should I file after a work zone accident?

Rocky McElhaney Law Firm will explain what type of claim you need to file depending on what happened and other factors. The main claims are:

  • Personal injury claim. Drivers and passengers who are injured can file claims against the construction company that failed to safely divert traffic away from the work zone. Car accident and truck accident victims can also file personal injury claims against at-fault drivers who failed to heed the warnings about the construction work. Workers who are not employees can also file claims against the companies and drivers that caused their injuries. We seek compensation for all your medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, scarring and disfigurement, property damage, and other damages.
  • Workers’ compensation claim. Employees who are injured while working at a roadway construction site can file a Tennessee workers’ compensation claim. There is no need to prove fault in a workers’ compensation claim. Coverage includes medical expenses, temporary disability benefits, and permanent disability benefits. If an employee is killed while doing his work zone job, we help the eligible family members (spouse and/or children) claim their workers’ compensation death benefits.
  • Wrongful death claim. The families of drivers, passengers, and contractors can file a wrongful death claim against the companies and people who caused the death of their loved one.

In some cases, we may also file a product liability claim. For example, if a car’s brakes failed because they were defective, we’ll file a claim against the manufacturer of the defective brakes. If a crane, bulldozer, or any type of workplace tool or equipment caused the accident, we’ll file a product claim against the tool/equipment manufacturer.

How can your Nashville work zone lawyers help with my claim?

Here at Rocky McElhaney Law Firm, we understand exactly how serious a work zone accident can be. Even though Tennessee requires that work zones be marked by signs, and increases the ticket penalties for speeding, they largely leave workers’ and drivers’ safety in the hands of the construction company.

We’ve seen firsthand what kind of effects a devastating accident can have on a victim’s life and on the lives of the family. That’s why we are relentless in the courtroom and boardroom when it comes to protecting your rights and fighting for justice on your behalf. We tailor your case to meet your future needs, and we fight hard to obtain the compensation you so richly deserve. You can count on us to never back down from the insurance companies who put their profits before your safety and security. We don’t stop until we know you have what you deserve to move forward.

Do you have a work zone lawyer near me?

Rocky McElhaney Law Firm has two Nashville locations to serve you.

  • Our Nashville office is located at Mainstream Dr #105.
  • Our East Nashville office is located at 615 Main St., B21.

Our personal injury lawyers also meet clients in Hendersonville and Clarksville. We meet with clients at their homes or a hospital if they’re unable to come to our offices, and we can also meet by telephone or by video conference.

We’ll answer all your questions, guide you through each phase of the claims process, and fight aggressively to obtain the full compensation you deserve.

Contact our Nashville work zone injury lawyers today

At Rocky McElhaney Law Firm offices, our Nashville work zone accident lawyers take on complex cases involving accidents in a work zone. We are zealous advocates for our clients, and we want to help you too. Please call our offices or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation with a member of our team. We proudly serve clients throughout Tennessee, including in East Nashville, Hendersonville, and Clarksville.

Visit our Nashville Offices

Rocky McElhaney Law Firm
545 Mainstream Dr., #105
Nashville, TN 37228
Phone: (615) 425-2500

Rocky McElhaney Law Firm
615 Main St., B21,
Nashville, TN 37206
Phone: (615) 393-8585