The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has issued a warning to drivers to exercise more caution when traveling through a work zone or construction zone on the highway. According to a recent report, Texas leads the country in the number of work zone crash fatalities. Last year, there were 146 such fatalities, 20% more than in 2013. According to TxDOT, there are over 2,500 work zones around the state and there have been almost 20,000 total work zone crashes – 12% more than the previous year.
Work Zone Crash Fatalities in Neighboring States
For comparison, here are the numbers of work zone crash fatalities for neighboring states.
- Arkansas – 14
- Louisiana – 8
- Oklahoma – 10
Drivers at More Risk Than Roadside Workers
While it is widely assumed that work zone crashes run the greatest risk for the workers on the road, the statistics tell a completely different story. In 2014, it was motorists – not roadside workers - that accounted for 87% of the work zone crash fatalities.
Causes of Work Zone Crashes
According to TxDOT, the most common causes of work zone crashes are drivers not paying attention and failing to control their speed. The number of work zones tends to increase during the spring and summer months, as do the number of cars on the road. In order to reduce the number of work zone accidents and fatalities, it is incumbent on drivers to be aware of their surroundings, adhere to road signs warning of upcoming work zones, and slow down while traveling through the zone. Not doing so not only puts roadside works at risk, but themselves and their passengers as well.
If you or a loved one was injured in a work zone crash, contact the personal injury lawyers at Arnold & Itkin for a free consultation about your legal rights.