Construction work on the road creates potentially dangerous situations for both motorists and workers. Drivers might not slow down or pay attention to their surroundings. Workers sometimes fail to warn motorists of road conditions. This can result in tragic traffic injuries and fatalities for both parties. In the last five years in the United States, there have been 4,400 deaths and 200,000 injuries in work zone accidents
(The Federal Highway Administration).
Our auto accident attorneys are dedicated to helping work zone victims recover from accidents and reclaim their lives.
“Work zone accidents can be caused by the errors of both motorists and construction companies,” says Scott Mann, auto accident attorney. “Motorists need to avoid distractions and stay alert when approaching a construction zone. Do not text, talk on the phone, change the radio, or stare at the road work being done. You need to be completely focused on the posted signs, road conditions and detours, and follow the instructions of the flaggers.”
Motorists need to slow down in construction zones. The reduced speed limit is posted to protect both highway workers and drivers from fatal collisions. There is little room for error in construction zones, so keep a safe following distance and pay attention to the brake lights of the vehicle ahead. Furthermore, fines are doubled for speeding in work zones, so your carelessness could also result in a hefty fine.
“Construction companies also cause otherwise preventable accidents in work zones,” Mike Wyatt says, auto accident attorney. “The proper signage should be posted to warn motorists of uneven road surfaces, and give them ample warning before a sharp turn or stop. Workers should also make themselves visible, and avoid straying into the line of oncoming traffic.”
If you have been injured in a work zone accident, please contact Mann, Wyatt & Rice Midwest Injury Firm for a consultation. We treat every client with the respect and personal care you deserve. Our auto accident attorneys are honored to serve you and your case!