Construction zones are necessary as workers strive to keep the state’s roads in excellent condition. Unfortunately, they are also a bit of a hazard for drivers on roads that are only partially closed.
When construction zones pop up along the road, they can lead to serious accidents and injuries — both for the workers and for the people who are traveling through those zones in their vehicles.
5 ways these accidents happen
Understanding how and why these accidents happen can help you to avoid them. With that in mind, let’s consider a few of the ways that these crashes take place:
- Congestion causes traffic to slow and cars behind the traffic jam do not slow down in time
- Traffic patterns are altered from the norm, leading to confusion
- Drivers watch the vehicles and construction crews instead of the road
- The lanes are narrowed, making driving more difficult
- Aggressive drivers speed through the construction zone
Some of these issues are improving, while others are getting worse. For instance, the Federal Highway Administration has seen an increase in speed-related accidents in work zones.
Are you at risk of an injury?
Now, you can commit to safe driving in work zones at all times. You can understand the risks you face and how these accidents happen. But that does not mean you no longer have to deal with those risks. After all, if you stop in a traffic jam, someone else can still hit you from behind and there’s very little you can do to avoid it. If you get injured, then you need to know what legal options you have to recover your losses. Speak to an attorney today about the steps you should take next.