Construction zones are an avoidable reality of traveling on roads and highways. No matter the type of project or size of a road construction zone, it’s important to pay attention, obey signs and signals, and be patient when driving in construction zones in order to avoid an accident.
Construction zones are hazardous places for workers and drivers, increasing risk of injury on both sides. However, by following a few simple steps, risk of accidents and injury can be significantly reduced.
The following are simple steps to keep in mind when approaching and traveling through a construction zone:
- Slow down – The most effective way to mitigate risk of accidents in a construction zone is to lower your speed and follow signs and signals. Many states impose significant penalties – hundreds of dollars in fines – for drivers who do not obey speed limits. As uneven pavement or altered curves and throughways are common within construction zones, lowering your speed can be the most effective way to keep yourself and construction workers safe.
- Drive defensively – While a good idea in any driving conditions, taking a defensive approach to driving – being prepared for what’s coming ahead, looking around and leaving room to avoid potential dangers – should be an even higher priority while traveling through a construction zone.
- Take alternate routes – Many times there are detour signs posted in advance of oncoming construction work. While it may add a few minutes to your trip, it’s usually worth the effort to avoid construction areas and riskier travel conditions.
- Be patient – Expect delays. Accept the fact that traffic will be moving slower through the construction zone and that you’ll likely be delayed. Take a deep breath and be patient with the traffic and construction around you.
It’s critical that drivers take extra precaution while driving in a construction zone. Speeding is the most common cause of injury among workers within a construction zone. More than 45% of worker deaths at construction sites are caused by vehicles striking workers on foot, according to the National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse.
If you’ve been injured as a driver or a construction worker through no fault of your own, you may be entitled to compensation to cover costs of your injuries or lost wages resulting from your injuries.
Contact a personal injury attorney to determine whether you should file a legal claim. The attorneys at Herrling Clark Law Firm have decades of experience handling personal injury claims and are ready to consult with you at no cost to help determine your best course of action. For more information, visit HerrlingClark.com.