Car Accident Lawyers in Maryland: Speed Zone Cameras: Some Reasons to Smile

When you are driving along and see a sign that says Speed Photo Enforced Work Zone, you may think the Maryland government wants you to slow down in order to protect all those yellow-vested construction workers milling about.

Think again.

According to the Maryland SafeZones website, in four out of five work-zone crashes, it is motorists and passengers, not highway workers, who are injured or killed.

The Maryland SafeZones program was launched in 2010 to allow police to enforce speed limits in highway construction zones with automated camera equipment. And it appears to be working. The state Department of Transportation reports that from 2009 to 2011:

  • The percentage of motorists exceeding the speed limit by 12 mph or more while driving in work zones decreased from seven percent to less than two percent.
  • The number of fatalities in work-zone crashes decreased from nine in 2009 to three in 2011.
  • The number of people injured in work-zone accidents decreased from 827 to 688, a 10-year low.
  • The overall number of work-zone crashes decreased from 1,685 to 1,486.

Of course, the fact that there were still more than 1,000 such crashes in 2011 is not great news. But it is understandable given the special dangers of driving through work zones, where lanes of traffic often narrow, shift suddenly or close entirely. Drivers who are distracted or driving too fast may fail to navigate the lanes successfully or to react quickly enough to changing conditions.

However, sometimes an accident can be attributed to negligence on the part of the crew, supervisors or contractors at the work site. Perhaps they posted inadequate warning of an upcoming lane closure, or set up a traffic pattern that was unreasonably dangerous. If you or a loved one suffers injury in a work-zone crash, consult one of the experienced car accident lawyers in Maryland at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, P.A. to discuss whether contractor negligence was a factor in your accident.