Preventing Car Accidents Through Work Zone Safety Awareness Week
Now that spring is officially here, that means you can expect to see an increase in the amount of highway construction going on throughout the Fort Pierce area. While encountering work zones can be frustrating for drivers, the fact is they require your full attention. Anytime there is even minor road work going on, it increases your risks for car accidents and injuries.
National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week
April 8, 2019 kicks off National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week, which is set to correspond with the onslaught of spring road construction projects that typically occur at this time of year. The campaign reminds drivers to keep an eye out for workers who will be busy repairing, repaving, and performing general maintenance tasks on roads here in Florida and throughout the country.
Highway construction crews face significant risks at this time of year. Some of the biggest dangers road crews face come from motorists engaged in the following types of reckless driving behaviors:
- Speeding and going too fast for conditions;
- Disregarding construction signs and traffic signals;
- Following too closely and tailgating other drivers;
- Failure to yield or not taking turns when merging;
- Not looking before passing other vehicles and switching lanes;
- Driving distracted, such as using cell phones or texting.
Bear in mind that in addition to being potentially dangerous, most of the above are also illegal. Police aggressively monitor road construction zones and fines for traffic violations at these locations can be two or three times the usual amount.
Use Caution in Road Construction Zones
According to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), roughly 800 people are killed in road construction zone accidents each year, while thousands of others suffer potentially serious injuries. In addition to putting the lives of workers at risk, reckless driving and not paying attention could put you and your passengers in harm’s way as well. There are numerous dangers present at any road construction site. These include:
- Rough road surfaces, which can decrease your traction;
- Narrow lanes, which can make side swipe accidents more common;
- A lack of road shoulders, which can make it dangerous in the event of an emergency;
- Excessive delays, which increase the risk for car accidents due to aggressive driving;
- Reversed lanes, which can make wrong way accidents more likely to happen.
To reduce your risks of being involved in a work zone car accident, be aware of where road construction is taking place in your area. Allow yourself extra time to get where you need to go, keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel at all times, and go an alternate route if one is available.
Let Us Help You Today
At the Law Firm of William E. Raikes, III, we can advise you on the options available in seeking compensation for your injuries when road construction zone accidents do occur. Contact our Fort Pierce car accident attorney and request a consultation today.