Safety Tips When Driving Through a Construction ZoneOctober 4, 2019
Road construction workers and road maintenance workers are subjected to one of the most dangerous work environments as cars and trucks speed by their work area, sometimes traveling in excess of 55 miles per hour. Construction zone car accidents often result in catastrophic injuries and fatalities. Many factors contribute to construction zone car accidents, but what makes the problem even more tragic is that many of these accidents can be prevented. The most common causes of construction zone car accidents include:
- Failure to obey road signs and traffic signals
- Driving over construction barriers
- Inclement weather and high winds
- Poor lighting
- Unfamiliar traffic patterns
- Poor visibility
- Distracted driving
- Drowsy driving
- Road glare
- Passing in a construction zone
- Construction vehicles entering and exiting a construction zone
Speeding is the number one cause of construction zone accidents. Many states enacted laws, which double the fines and penalties of speeding through a construction zone. Driver distraction is a leading cause of all car accidents, including those in construction zones.
Safe Driving Tips to Avoid Construction Zone Accidents
All drivers are legally responsible to operate their vehicle in a safe manner, especially in construction zones. Drivers, passengers, and construction workers are killed each year in preventable accidents. The following safe driving tips can help keep everyone safe when traveling through these work areas.
- Obey local speed limits and always slow down when approaching a construction zone
- Keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you and be ready to stop quickly
- Be cognizant of changes in traffic patterns and travel lanes
- Avoid use of cell phones, GPS devices, and other distractions while driving through a construction zone
- Be aware of flaggers and always follow their directions
- Avoid roads with ongoing construction when possible
- Avoid driving in inclement weather, if possible, or delay your trip until the weather clears
- Always keep both hands on the steering wheel to prepare for sudden swerving
- Move over to the traffic lane farthest from the work zone
- Allow other drivers to merge safely into your lane when necessary
- Yield to construction vehicles entering or exiting the construction zone
- Be patient when traffic slows due to road construction
Road construction workers are particularly vulnerable to being struck by passing vehicles. Drivers and passengers in cars and trucks are also vulnerable to serious and fatal injuries in car accidents that happen in construction zones. Obeying local speed limits and practicing safe driving can help prevent construction zone accidents.
Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represent Victims of Construction Zone Accidents
If you or someone you know was injured in a construction zone accident, contact the Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton. Call us at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online to schedule a free consultation today. We will fight to obtain the compensation you deserve for your injuries so you can focus on your recovery.
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