Feds Warn of Increase in Work Zone-Related Accidents

by P. Brian Berryman on 04/07/2013

Last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention placed Texas in the top 3 on a list of states with the highest number of work zone-related accidents.  The risk of those accidents peaks over the next few months as we continue though spring which is traditionally, peak work zone season in this country.  In fact, the Department of Transmission is warning motorists about a high risk of being involved in accidents in work zones, and is asking all motorists to drive safely.

Every year, more than 100 people are killed in construction work zone accidents in the state of Texas.  There are more than 15,000 accidents in work zones in the state every year. 

Motorists have more to lose than anyone else when they are involved in an accident in a work zone.  As many as 75% of all work zone fatalities involve motorists and car occupants, and not construction zone workers.  In spite of this fact, San Antonio car accident lawyers find far too many motorists who drive recklessly through a zone, remain inattentive, and speed along with devastating consequences.

The two biggest causes of work zone accidents are failure to remain alert while driving, and high speeds.  The Department Of Transportation recommends simple steps to avoid accidents as you're traveling through a work zone.  Most work zones have a notice posted right at the beginning of the zone, asking motorists to drop speeds because of the construction work ahead.  Drop your speeds immediately, and maintain low speeds as you drive through the zone. 

Remember that a work zone is littered with debris, and equipment.  Drive cautiously to avoid these objects.  Switch off your cell phones as you enter the zone, and keep them switched off.

Tags: Construction Site Work Injuries, Automobile Accidents

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