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Road Construction and Car Accidents

Driving in a construction zone can be a harrowing experience. There are concrete barriers, narrow lanes, heavy equipment, and workers moving about. If you're on a busy highway filled with people in a rush, getting through a road work area can make your blood pressure skyrocket.

Despite the presence of bright orange barrels and numerous warning signs, construction zones still see a fair number of car accidents. Sudden stops, altered road markings, and abrupt changes in the speed limit can throw drivers off, leading to a crash. In some cases, drivers rubbernecking the activities around the work zone can even cause serious accidents.

If you have been injured in a car accident in a road construction zone, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Don't wait to talk to a Florida car accident attorney about your options.

Why Are Construction Zones Dangerous?

Road work is one of those unavoidable yet inconvenient things that can seriously disrupt your day. No one likes to drive through them, especially when the majority of their commute takes place on a long stretch of highway undergoing heavy construction.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 24,000 people were killed in work zone accidents between 1982 and 2014. In 2013, there were more than 67,000 auto crashes in highway construction zones.

Although fatal accidents are rare compared to other types of motor vehicle collisions, serious injuries remain a problem in work zone crashes. Common causes of construction zone accidents include cars crashing into construction equipment and motorists failing to brake in time as they come upon stopped traffic.

Higher Risk on Urban Roads

It's no surprise that the majority of construction zone crashes occur in urban areas, where there are more interstates. A study performed by the Federal Highway Administration (FHA) reveals that 67 percent of work zone crashes happen on urban interstates.

The FHA study also shows that the majority of construction zone accidents involve rear-end collisions, followed by sideswipe crashes and collisions with fixed objects, such as machinery.

The Three Ss: Staying Safe in a Highway Work Zone

If your route takes you through a highway work zone, or you come upon one as you drive, it's important to do everything you can to stay safe behind the wheel. It's easy to remember the following construction zone driving tips by referring to them as the Three Ss: speed, space, and stress.

  • Always slow down as you approach a highway construction zone, and always follow the posted speed limits, which are likely to be slower than normal. If other drivers attempt to pass you, don't give into the temptation to increase your speed.
  • Don't follow the vehicle in front of you too closely. There is always a chance of a sudden stop in a work zone. Keep enough space between your car and the cars around you to give you plenty of time to brake safely if needed.
  • It's easy to get frustrated in a construction zone. Keep your cool by avoiding confrontations with other drivers. You're not going to be stuck there forever, so slow down and take your time. Remember, U.S. construction zones are a breeze compared to the 50-lane traffic jams seen in China!

Speak to an Experienced Florida Car Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident in a construction zone, get in touch with a Florida car accident lawyer as soon as possible.

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