Road Construction Increases Risk for Car Accidents
Local road and state highway construction is a fact of life for those living in south Florida. While many of these projects are spurred by required infrastructure updates and the need to accommodate increased traffic, it can make these sections of road dangerous for motorists who have to travel them each day. Changes in traffic conditions and an increased likelihood of driver distractions make car accidents in road construction zones unfortunately common. The following provides helpful information you need to be aware of about the problem, and the steps you can take to prevent these types of crashes from occurring.
Road Construction Car Accidents
Palm Beach County currently lists more than 75 work construction projects underway, which range from major undertakings, such as lane construction and installing new utility lines, to more routine tasks such as marking pavement and updating traffic signals. Regardless of the size of the job, anytime there are disruptions in traffic flow and workers on the road there is an increased likelihood that car accidents and injuries will occur.
According to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), nearly 100,000 work zone crashes occur each year throughout the U.S., a number which has been steadily increasing over the past five years. Previously, increases in warning signs, reduced speed limits, and public awareness had helped to reduce this number, which was at an all time high over 2010. Unfortunately, with the increase in the number of construction projects and the fact that road work is often perceived as never ending, drivers seem to have gotten immune to the potential dangers. The most common factors involved in road construction car accidents include:
- Speeding and going too fast for conditions;
- Aggressive driving behaviors, such as tailgating, improper passing, and failing to yield;
- Disregard for warning signs and traffic signals;
- Driver distractions, such as using cell phones or changing GPS settings;
- Driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or prescription medications.
Driver Safety in Construction Zones
In addition to endangering drivers and their passengers, the above types of behaviors put road construction workers at risk. As a result of the generally heavy traffic conditions surrounding road projects, multi vehicle collisions and pile ups are more common as well. To protect yourself and others on the road, EHS Today recommends following these tips:
- Pay attention to electronic traffic warning systems and diamond shaped warning signs that proceed work zones.
- Keep both hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road, avoiding distractions such as changing radio stations or talking on the phone.
- Stay alert and ready to respond to sudden stops or changes in traffic and road conditions.
- Go slow and avoid tailgating or trying to pass other drivers.
Reach Out to Us Today for Help
In the event you are injured in a construction zone car accident, reach out and contact Gregg Wexler at the Wexler Law Firm, P.A. Request a consultation with our West Palm Beach accident attorney to discuss how we can help you get the compensation you deserve.