This Memorial Day weekend is expected to be the busiest for travel in more than a decade, and for good reason. Employment is up, gas prices are down, and families and friends are ready to celebrate. With some 766, 000 Wisconsin residents expected to travel out of town and 693, 000 expected to hit the highways, road crews are taking off for the extended weekend. Unfortunately, that does not eliminate the risk of a construction zone accident.
Construction Zones Still Require Attentiveness
Although workers are taking an extended weekend off to make more room for drivers, orange cones, lane closures, and other elements specific to construction zones will still be present. As always, these areas require that drivers be attentive. Pay special attention to the road and the drivers around you. Watch for sudden lane changes or closures, vehicles that seem to be moving erratically, and uneven pavement areas. Also, be prepared for slow traffic through construction areas, and even potential stops due to congestion.
Cell Phone Use Still Prohibited
Earlier this year, Wisconsin prohibited the use of cell phones within construction zones. This law will continue through the weekend, despite the lack of workers. Violators may face fines, but more importantly, they place other drivers at risk. Remember, if it is not hands-free, then the call, text, or app simply is not worth it. If you happen to notice someone else using their cell phone, try and put extra distance between them and yourself as a cushion of protection.
Reducing Your Risk with Planning and Preparation
You might not be able to avoid every accident, but you can reduce your overall risk with a little extra planning. Know where you going ahead of time and have your route pre-planned. Connect your device to your car’s Bluetooth or place your phone on speaker if you plan on having directions dictated to you by your phone. Also, try to leave early and avoid peak travel times. You may also want to examine where current construction areas are so that you know, ahead of time, if you may be at risk for a travel delay.
Pursuing Compensation After an Accident
Again, no matter how carefully you prepare and plan, accidents can and do happen. If you or someone you love find yourselves a victim, contact Herrling Clark Law Firm, Ltd. for assistance. Our Green Bay auto accident lawyers can protect your rights and best interests. We will examine your case, assist you through the claims process, and aggressively pursue the most favorable outcome possible. Schedule your consultation by calling 920-739-7366 today.