Work Zone Dangers
Accidents in Highway Construction & Maintenance Zones
When roads need to be constructed, repaired, or maintained, “work zones” are set up for construction workers. Although necessary, work zones pose serious hazards for workers and drivers alike. According to the National Safety Council, from 2005 to 2014, an average of 733 deaths occurred yearly. They also note that the majority of work zone fatalities occur on roads with speed limits of 55 miles per hour or more. While nearly all states have laws that greatly penalize drivers for speeding or other traffic violations in work zones, preventable accidents still occur.
Causes of Work Zone Accidents
According to the Federal Highway Administration, over 32,000 individuals are injured each year as a direct result of crashes in work zones. Two of the most common causes of work zone accidents are speeding and distracted driving.
Take a look at other common causes of driver-related work zone accidents:
- Confusion about the path through a work zone
- Surprise by an unexpected work zone
- Slow reaction times in a work zone
- Loss of vehicle control due to pavement conditions in a work zone
In order to combat this, many states require drivers to slow down in work zones, or face serious consequences. Although it may seem like the fault is clearly a certain individual’s, proving liability can become a complex issue. If the driver was impaired or made a poor judgment, they may be held liable. If the accident was due to a poorly planned work zone or a violation of regulation, then another party may be held accountable.
It’s important to consult a lawyer to get to the bottom of the issue. Call (888) 493-1629 or contact Arnold & Itkin LLP with a simple online form. We'll get you the answers you've been looking for.
How to Avoid Work Zone Accidents
Work zone accidents can be devastating for drivers and workers if proper safety precautions are not taken. By compensating for the change in road patterns, drivers may be able to prevent a life-altering injury or save a life—including their own.
To counteract the dangers of work zones, drivers are recommended to do the following:
- Slow down & follow posted work zone speed limits
- Pay attention to workers & equipment
- Be patient with traffic delays
- Plan ahead when traveling through a work zone
Injured in a Work Zone? Call a Houston Construction Accident Lawyer.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a work zone, you likely have grounds to file a claim. Regardless of whether your case falls under workers' compensation or personal injury law, it is important that you reach out to discuss your situation with an experienced Houston construction accident attorney. By taking advantage of Arnold & Itkin's free, no-obligation consultation, you can discuss your situation with an experienced trial attorney who truly cares. We will investigate the circumstances of your injury and pursue just compensation!
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