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New data gives insight into construction zone collisions

On Behalf of | Jul 28, 2022 | Car Accidents

In the Kansas City area, driving on highways in almost unavoidable. Construction zones also are unavoidable, and they can be dangerous

It is possible you could get into a crash because you are negatively affected by construction work. Maybe a cone was pushed into the road and caused a collision, or perhaps large machinery backed out into traffic. Whatever the reason, if you crash in a construction zone, you may be able to seek compensation.

Work zone fatalities: Drivers and passengers are at risk

Work zone fatality statistics often focus on the potential for worker injuries; the reports do not always focus on how drivers and their passengers could be injured.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that in 2019, 690 drivers and their passengers were killed in work zones around the country. Additionally, the majority of the crashes that took place involved rear-end collisions, meaning that many of the crashes taking place can be linked to people not paying attention or speeding.

Work Zone FAQs:

Are work zone fatalities increasing in Missouri?

Yes. According to data from 2019 and 2020, the number of crashes in work zones increased 1.4%. There were some decreases, statistically, such as decreases in the number of rear-end crashes or those involving large commercial vehicles, but there were increases in other areas. Speeding saw an increase, as did the number of crashes involving cyclists and pedestrians.

Why are work zone accidents increasing?

There are a number of theories but the most prevalent is driver distraction such as:

  • texting, looking up directions or even simply talking on a mobile phone while driving
  • listening to loud music (leads to speeding)
  • engaging in upsetting conversations with family members or friends while driving

What is the single best way to avoid a workzone accident?

Not speeding. Whether you are driving on a highway or on the backroads when you come across a construction site, you need to slow down. Slowing down can help reduce the risk of a crash and, if one does occur, the severity of it.

What are the penalties for hitting and injuring, or killing, a workzone worker?

In Missouri, if a highway worker is injured or killed in a work zone, upon conviction, the offender can be fined up to $5,000 for an injury and up to $10,000 for a fatality.  In addition, they can have 12 points assessed to their license.  If a the accident involves another car or truck, there may be civil penalties as well.

If you’ve been injured in workzone accident, call our office immediately. You may be entitled to substantial compensation.