Driving through a construction zone can be challenging, but a driver needs to be fully focused on the road.
Motorists are often distracted while driving through a construction zone. This type of rubbernecking can lead to car crashes at both high and low speeds. There is a lot of emphasis placed on distracted driving these days, mainly with text messaging and cell phones, but construction site gawking is just as dangerous. If you were hit in a construction zone because of a distracted driver, a St. Louis car accident attorney may be able to help.
What is Rubbernecking?
Drivers and police use the term rubbernecking to describe a road situation where traffic is slowing or stopped due to drivers slowing down to watch unrelated road side activity. Usually used to describe a scene where a car accident is causing a lot of attention from other drivers, rubbernecking is also common when there is police activity on a roadway and even construction. As drivers naturally slow to observe a construction area, cars coming up from behind may be unaware until it is too late. This type of scenario is a major cause of accidents in the St. Louis area. A victim of such an accident should speak with a St. Louis car accident attorney about their rights for compensation. This is a form of distracted driving, and a negligent driver may be held liable for the crash and the injuries you sustained as a result.
Injuries Sustained in a Car Accident
The extent of physical harm you have suffered is dependent on a number of factors including the speed at which the accident took place and whether or not you were wearing a seat belt. Another thing to consider is the involvement of other cars. In these types of highly congested roadways, it is quite common to see a ripple effect of car accidents as vehicles are being forced towards each other.
Head trauma can occur if you collide with the windshield, along with whiplash injuries from your body being thrust forwards and back. You may also suffer from a spinal injury, broken legs and knee injuries or external bleeding from the force of the impact. In many of these cases multiple surgeries and extensive therapy is needed to repair the injuries.
Determining Who is At Fault
A major component of a car accident claim is figuring out who is liable for the crash. If you are able to prove that the other driver was distracted by road construction and not paying sufficient attention to the road and traffic patterns, your St. Louis car accident attorney will be able to assist you in recovering damages. Call The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. at (314) 361-4242. We will assist you in ensuring that your medical bills are taken care of along with any other damages the accident may have caused you.