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Construction zones are a primary hazard for drivers and workers

On Behalf of | Feb 20, 2023 | Car Accidents

Construction work on the roadways is a common sight throughout this country. The workers who do these jobs have specific protocols that help to keep them safe. They also count on drivers to do their part.

Image of a bright orange road work ahead sign against a blue sky with light clouds

One thing that drivers should remember is that safety is always a priority in these work zones. A crash in a work zone can lead to catastrophic injuries for anyone involved, including workers and occupants of vehicles alike.

Give driving your undivided attention

You shouldn’t do anything except drive when you’re in a work zone. Things like texting, eating or drinking can distract you for a few seconds. It doesn’t take long for a crash to occur, so even very minor distractions must be avoided.

Work zones often have lane shifts or changes in traffic patterns that you need to be able to react to immediately. There’s also a chance of slowed or stopped traffic. If you’re distracted, you may miss the opportunity to adjust for what’s going on.

Respect other drivers

Traffic lanes might be narrowed in work zones. This makes it more difficult for drivers, especially those that are operating larger vehicles. Instead of trying to crowd other vehicles by tailgating or driving close to them, you should give them the space they need to remain safe.

It might help you to remain a bit calmer when you’re driving through a construction zone if you leave yourself plenty of time to get to your destination. Leaving earlier than you’d normally leave is beneficial if you know that you’ll be going through a construction zone.

Even if you’re driving safely in a work zone, you may still be the victim of a crash if another driver Isn’t driving safely. Anyone who suffers an injury in a construction zone crash may choose to seek compensation from liable parties. State laws limit how long you have to do this after a crash, so don’t waste time. Compensation claims include things like medical bills and missed wages. Working with someone familiar with these claims can better enable you to seek maximum compensation for your harm.