The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) announced it has awarded three construction contracts for projects in Cherokee, DeKalb, and Fulton counties. In total, the three projects will cost nearly $110 million dollars and will presumably employ hundreds of employees, which is good news as the state (and the entire country) grapples with record numbers of unemployed people, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, for drivers on Georgia roads (and there will be drivers out and about again, eventually), news of more construction projects could mean headaches and frustrations. The biggest of these projects includes widening Georgia 20 from two lanes to six on the east side of Canton in Cherokee County. The other two projects include resurfacing work on Georgia 400 near Sandy Springs in Fulton County and resurfacing Georgia 124 in DeKalb County. All three projects will be completed in the next two to three years.
Deadly Construction Zone
While construction projects are often a necessary evil to ultimately make our streets and highways safer, they can be a source of danger for Georgia drivers. These projects often cause traffic snarls and slowdowns, turning commutes into nightmares. An investigation in April 2019 found that during the three-year construction project along I-20 in Carroll County, there were over 1,000 accidents, with 13 people left dead and many injured.
Two hundred and twenty-four of those accidents involved tractor-trailers. According to one Carroll County Corporal, “Mainly people on their phones, not paying attention once something happened, or traffic slowed down, coming in, they slide up under a tractor-trailer.” The family of one of the dead victims has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the construction contractor, Archer Western. The suit claims that Archer Western did not do enough to warn drivers that traffic had slowed down to almost a complete standstill far enough head.
Georgia Construction Means Poor Road Conditions
Oftentimes, construction projects mean you will have to drive through and over some dangerous road conditions. Whether you are being re-routed to drive on a shoulder for a stretch of miles, or whether there is debris on the road that has fallen off heavy equipment, you need to be hyper-vigilant about paying attention so you and your vehicle do not suffer any damage.
Ultimately, though, it is up to state and local governments to protect you from poor road conditions. If you, or someone you love, has been injured in an accident in a construction zone, it may be confusing to determine who was at fault. To get compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and property damage, who should you sue? The construction contractor, the tractor-trailer that hit you, or the GDOT?
This is why it is imperative that you retain a knowledgeable and seasoned personal injury attorney after an accident on a Georgia road. Contact The Hadden Law Firm to discuss your case and learn how you can move forward with recuperating after a construction zone accident.