Construction Zone Accident
Travel just about anywhere in U.S. and you will probably run into road work. While most drivers pay attention, drive slow, and obey alternate traffic rules, other drivers ignore the rules, speed through these zones, or pay attention to their phones instead of the road. If you have been in a construction zone car crash, it is important that you contact your attorney right away so they can begin accident investigations before the work zone moves or changes. *source
Construction zones change the dynamic of the flow of traffic and even though these zones have reduced speed limits and are marked by signage, cones, and lines, crashes continue to occur. Sometimes these crashes are because of negligent drivers, while other times work zone itself may be to blame. According to the U.S. Department of Motor Vehicle’s Federal Highway Administration, 87, 606 auto crashes occurred in work zones in 2010, of which 30 percent caused injury, 0.6 percent were fatal, and 69 percent damaged property only. The government agency studied 17,228 of these accidents and found that in active work zones with lane closures:
- 46.9 percent were rear-impacts
- 13.6 percent are side-swipes
- 20.3 percent are collisions with fixed objects
- 19.2 percent were other types of accidents
Some of the most common causes of these accidents include:
- Narrow and uneven lanes
- Improperly marked or unmarked work zones
- Improperly marked lanes
- Construction equipment moving in and out of the work zone
- Road debris that forces a driver to swerve or lose control
Despite the many hazards of road-work zones, including flaggers and workers who must work near moving traffic, driver’s still speed, text and drive, and drunk drive right through construction zones putting the workers, other vehicle occupants and themselves in danger. In fact, 85 percent construction zone accident deaths are the occupants of passenger vehicles. Case in point: recently a man was killed in a construction zone accident that occurred in the middle of the day in early spring. The man, driving a pickup truck, came upon a work zone where the pavement was being repaired. Instead of waiting to be flagged through the zone, the man drove into the oncoming traffic lane. In trying to avoid the oncoming traffic, the man drove back into his lane, hit a construction worker and collided with a backhoe. Unfortunately, the man was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from his vehicle, and died at the scene.
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