Ratzan Weissman & Boldt: Dedicated and Experienced Highway Construction Accident Attorneys
Construction-related accidents are an unfortunate, growing reality as populations increase and roadways continue to improve and expand to meet changing demands. Our construction zone injury lawyers see construction-related accident cases every day.
We trust that an accident is unlikely to happen, but we can never know for sure.
Although we’re lucky to be safe 99% of the time, our team of highway construction accident attorneys knows that there is always a 1% chance that due to construction debris or poor traffic coordination, the unspeakable can occur in the blink of an eye. The negligence of others can, unfortunately, have life-changing consequences.
Perhaps you or a loved one is a victim of a construction-related accident due to a construction company’s failure to clear debris and foreign objects from roadways, patch potholes and cover uneven pavement, erect visible and adequate warning signs, replace broken or damaged equipment, or breach of duty.
Whatever your case may be, we are ready to serve you and your loved ones with the proper and diligent care that you need. Injuries are burdensome, to say the least. There is no reason you shouldn’t be granted financial relief if someone else is responsible for your injury.
If you or a loved one has been injured or has lost their life due to a construction-related accident, contact us today to speak with a highly-trained highway construction accident attorney.
What Are Highway Construction-Related Accidents?
Highway or roadway construction-related accidents are accidents that often occur due to construction negligence. However, other drivers are partially or fully at fault in some cases. A highway construction accident lawyer can help provide you with more information, but here are a few common examples:
Construction crews will often close down lanes on roadways and highways to improve work zone mobility and help ensure workers’ and drivers’ safety.
Sometimes, however, other drivers fail to respect lane closures and don’t slow down in time to ensure the safety of others, resulting in serious injury and the loss of life. A construction zone injury lawyer will be able to analyze the details of your case and advise you accordingly.
Another common sight when approaching a construction zone is a multitude of orange codes and barricades. These cones often signal an approaching lane merge. Unfortunately, entitled, angry, and impatient drivers will often merge lanes earlier than they’re supposed to, leading to avoidable injuries and crashes.
A construction zone car injury lawyer will be able to tell you whether the other driver or the construction company is likely to be at fault, based on the specific circumstances of your case.
Express lanes are often outlined by plastic poles known as lane delineators, which are often orange, yellow, or white. Lane diving occurs when drivers illegally speed past lane delineators and into the next lane due to faulty design or poor maintenance of express lanes.
Sometimes the lane delineators are too far apart or have already been knocked down. It may take weeks, months, or years to replace them properly. Countless deaths occur on highways due to lane diving. Our roadway construction accident lawyers have significant experience seeking justice for lane diving victims and their families.
Poor Traffic Coordination
Highway contractors will often be hired to control and coordinate traffic around a road where construction is being performed. Due to poor traffic coordination, motorists are at risk of being injured by another vehicle.
A construction zone injury lawyer will help fight for you in court by ensuring that whoever is at fault — whether the contractor or the construction company — accepts accountability.
Construction Vehicles, Debris, and Heavy Equipment Scattered Throughout Traffic Lanes
If you or a loved one have suffered an injury due to any of these problems, speak to an experienced highway construction accident lawyer. At Ratzan Weissman & Boldt, you’re in good hands. We’ve fought for victims and their families who have lost their lives due to misplaced construction vehicles, debris, foreign objects, and heavy equipment.
Although there are many cases where preventing a construction-related accident is out of your control, there are still a few common safety tips that you can implement in your daily life:
- Slow down and be patient when approaching construction zones
- Avoid all possible distractions when in a construction zone
- Look out for construction workers, heavy equipment, debris, and construction vehicles
- Plan ahead — you’re more likely to avoid an accident if you’re not in a rush to arrive at your destination
- Use your radio or a mobile traffic app to see what types of blockages you can expect on your route
Our roadway construction accident lawyers will investigate whether safety procedures were followed by you, the construction company, and other motorists. Any of these details could affect the outcome of your case.
While laws vary on a state-by-state basis — and the circumstances of each case will affect each outcome — construction companies generally do owe a duty of care to you and other motorists.
There are some cases where there may be an exception to the general duty of care based on various factors. Speak with a highway construction accident lawyer for a more detailed answer pertaining to your case's details.
Construction companies are often at fault, but this isn’t always the case. Consulting with a highway construction accident lawyer before filing is crucial because identifying the at-fault party isn’t always as clear as it should be.
When discussing liability, we’ll want to know:
- If any construction vehicles were involved
- If the construction work zone was clearly and adequately labeled
- If there have been any other construction-related accidents in that work zone
- Which parties have been responsible in the past
- Whether the construction company was using direct labor or subcontractors to work in and around the construction zone
Your construction-related accident could be the fault of a construction company, another motorist, a municipal body, a private contractor, or all of those simultaneously.
There are some cases where an accident results from defective and dangerous roads. Road conditions that can cause accidents include:
- Poorly designed roads
- Poor visibility of guard rails or road signs
- Guard rails or road signs that are missing altogether
- Overgrown foliage
- Sinkholes and potholes
- Broken traffic signals
- Poorly designed or marked intersections
- And more
In many cases, cities, counties, and states are the owners of most roadways. If a governmental entity such as a city, county, or state designed or constructed the highway or roadway that caused you or your loved one injuries or death, you may have a sovereign immunity case, where there will potentially be caps on damages.
The caps may differ depending on where the accident occurred and what the law states. A roadway construction accident lawyer will be able to explain sovereign immunity cases in greater detail, depending on the circumstances of your case.
To avoid any mistakes, one of our attorneys will handle the investigation and notify you who the at-fault party is based on the details of your case. Our construction zone injury lawyers will ensure that we name all potentially liable at-fault parties to receive the compensation you deserve.
Yes, and we will fight for you and your loved ones to receive the full amount of compensation you are owed under the law.
Our skilled construction zone car injury lawyers secured a $7.5 million settlement in a heart-rendering case involving lane diving, which resulted in the tragic death of a 10-year-old boy and a traumatic brain injury to his mother.
Another case handled by our construction zone car injury lawyers also secured a $45 million verdict for a mother and father who sadly lost their lives after a major highway construction company failed to properly and safely remove heavy construction vehicles from the construction site.
The personal injury and roadway construction accident lawyers at Ratzan Weissman & Boldt have accomplished miracles for our clients. They have obtained over half a billion dollars in verdicts and settlements for our clients over the years.
Additionally, in trial verdicts alone, our lawyers have obtained over $200 million over the last seven years.
Although our law firm is based in Florida — particularly in the Miami and South Florida area — our highway construction accident attorneys proudly serve clients all across the country. We can help you get the compensation you deserve no matter where you’re from.
Our firm, Ratzan Weissman & Boldt, is led by partners Stuart Ratzan, Stuart Weissman, and Kimberly Boldt. Founding partner Stuart Ratzan has been annually announced as one of Florida’s Top Lawyers by the South Florida Legal Guide.
Our lawyers consistently outperform all others, and we do so out of a sheer passion for our clients and a desire to grant them the full legal recourse they deserve.
We advocate for victims who have been injured or killed due to a variety of reasons, including but not limited to medical malpractice, the negligence of others, commercial misconduct, and construction-related accidents.
We purposefully take a low volume of cases each year to ensure that we properly devote the resources we have to you and your case.
This client-centered approach of dedicating our time, energy, monetary resources, and skilled highway construction accident attorneys to a few clients instead of a few hundred ensures top-quality care and representation.
Our personal injury and roadway construction accident lawyers have a strong record of success. Our mission is full accountability, and our goals are justice and client compensation. Get in touch with us for a free initial consultation.
Our law firm is a contingency-fee-based practice. This means that our roadway construction accident lawyers won’t charge you for their work until you’ve recovered compensation in your case.
At Ratzan Weissman & Boldt, we will ensure that you aren’t burdened by any fees or costs unless we win your case — meaning that you either received a favorable settlement or a jury verdict.
We do not bill by the hour, so we can prioritize getting the results you deserve in your case instead of wasting valuable time tracking minutes and hours for billing purposes. There is virtually no risk to you when pursuing a case with us due to this arrangement. You do not pay unless we win your case.
Schedule a Consultation with Our Highway Construction Accident Attorneys Today
An initial consultation is essentially an interview between you and an attorney. You’ll speak with a qualified highway construction accident lawyer and be able to determine whether the attorney is the right one for you.
You will tell the lawyer your legal issues and ask any questions that you have prepared or come up with during the initial consultation. The lawyer will then ask you more questions to obtain additional details regarding the circumstances of your case.
Finally, the lawyer will let you know your options and the variety of outcomes that you can expect based on the details you have provided.
You do not need to hire any of our highly skilled highway construction accident attorneys based solely on this initial consultation. In fact, try to speak with a variety of lawyers so you have options that you can choose from. We will speak to you about your case for free and without obligation.
Your consultation with Ratzan Weissman & Boldt is always confidential. Please be completely open and honest about the details regarding your case when seeking legal advice from our firm. Rest assured that you won’t have to worry about our attorneys disclosing any privileged information.
What Our Clients Say
I remember the deposition [where] one of the [defense] lawyers asked me "how much money would satisfy you"? This is really not about money and it wasn't about money for Stuart, I realized that - it was really about justice. This is what the trial afforded us - going through the process and getting justice.RWB Client
I was blessed to find Ratzan Law Group for my case. From my first phone call to that office up until the end of my case, I felt lucky to have such a strong team on my side fighting for justice for me. They truly cared about me as a person. They treated me like family. Ratzan and his firm are patient and explain the process to you as you go along. When I didn’t have a ride to get to the office, they had a driver pick me up. It was so comforting to know that they were taking care of me, taking the burden off my shoulders. I had no doubt in my mind that God put me in the right hands. I will always be grateful and thankful for Ratzan and his team for protecting me, guiding me, and representing me in the hardest time of my life.RWB Client
What I liked most [about working with RWB] was the way in which Stuart embraced us, the way in which he made us feel welcomed and that we were the only clients he had. You just got that feeling, you came to the office or you called him he was never too busy, he was never not available. Every single question he would ask you for your decision, he would want to clarify things, he was constantly back and forth telling you what the next steps were-totally transparent, there was not one decision he made without asking for your opinion.RWB Client
The first takeaway for me [when it comes to my experience working with RWB] was Stuart's need to understand who we were and what my family was about. He actually came to the island [my home] for about three days to visit to get to know who my Son's friends were. He met his Godmother, he went to my Son's school, and we went to the cemetery to see the grave. To me, that was unbelievable, that an attorney would want to be part of who we were to really understand who it was that he was fighting for.RWB Client
What I learned from the case over the period of about 2-3 years that it took, when I felt sometimes that I just wanted to give up and forget about it- there were too many things, what I came to learn is that the process and the extent of the investigations, the research that was done, the experts that were brought in, it gave me a full sense of what really happened with my Son that night. That brings me a lot of comfort, that I got to know exactly what happened and we got justice.RWB Client
During one of the most difficult times in my life, I was fortunate to have found the right attorney to represent me in a negligent automobile accident. I found Stuart Ratzan through a mutual friend. Stuart is a kind, patient man, a great listener, and very talented lawyer. He handled my case with the same care and concern like he would if I was a friend. I felt this kind, compassionate professionalism, from everyone in the office. This healing atmosphere, was such an important factor to me because it gave me comfort and confidence in my case, that I was in the right hands. He resolved my case for a fair and just amount that I was very satisfied with. Stuart and his whole firm will always be dear to me. They were the bright light in this entire process. I know I had the best experience possible.RWB Client
I cannot express my gratitude enough to my attorney Stuart Ratzan for representing me in my case. Mr. Ratzan and everyone his firm were kind and understanding about what I was going through. They held my hand through the whole process and really made everything as easy as possible. Stuart Ratzan did not just represent me, he defended me and not just the case. He made me feel that he really cared about me as a person, and understood what I went through. It’s a wonderful feeling knowing that Stuart Ratzan and his firm gave their all to obtain a fair compensation for me. I believe they are the best at what they do.RWB Client
I hired Mr. Ratzan to assist me with an accident for my daughter, where she was injured due to negligence. He, and his firm really cared about me and my daughter. They are very professional and kept me informed during the entire process. I never felt I was bothering them when I called with questions. Mr. Ratzan fought to get us justice and fair compensation for my daughter’s case. I was very pleased and happy with the results. I would definitely recommend him to anyone who is looking for representation, and I am grateful that he handled my case.RWB Client
I was extremely satisfied with the offices of RWB. They obtained a successful recovery for my accident. I felt they cared about me and really wanted to help me. They fought for justice to be fair compensation for the negligence I experienced.RWB Client
Yo quedé muy satisfecho con la representación del bufete de Ratzan. Ellos adquieron un buen resultado para Mi accidente. Yo me sentí que ellos realmente querián aydarme a recibir un monto justo para el Los daños que me occurrieron.
Mr. Ratzan took on my case and helped me finalize a fair amount of compensation for me and my girls. I can’t thank him enough. He and his firm fought relentlessly to obtain a successful result and they really care about their clients. I was extremely satisfied with his representation for my case.RWB Client
During the worst time in my life, and after losing my son, the Ratzan team embraced me and my family. They actually became my family. I received excellent, professional and warm support from them to which I am very grateful.RWB Client
Stuart [Ratzan] and his firm, and I'm adding his firm - not just Stuart - every single member of his staff treated me and my family, or whoever talked to him on my behalf as if they were just...family. Every single member of his staff - and that has gone on, it didn't just end when the case ended, it still continues, our relationship with the firm.RWB Client
Top Case Results
$45 Million Verdict for a Mother and Father of a Medical Student Who Crashed into a Semi Truck During Construction on the I-75 Interstate
$42.5 Million Verdict for a Man Who Lost His Wife to Cancer Caused by Cigarette Smoking
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