Summer is the season of road construction, so don’t be surprised that the number of auto accidents involving road construction collisions increases during this time of year. Driving in work zones can pose a danger to both drivers and construction workers. There are a variety of variables that can cause accidents that trigger serious or even fatal injuries.
To help prevent accidents and to protect yourself, other drivers, and construction workers while driving in work zones, here are a few tips to consider:
- Stay alert! The actions of other drivers and the road conditions may be difficult to predict. Make sure you’re staying alert and maintaining focus on the road at all times when driving in work zones.
- Turn on your headlights. This will help ensure you stay visible to road workers and other motorists.
- Obey the directions given to you by the flagger in a work zone.
- Merge as soon as you see merge signs, don’t wait until the last moment to get over. If traffic flows collectively, the likelihood of collisions decreases.
- Try to keep a safe distance between you and other motorists, trucks, and construction barriers
- Wear your seat belt! Not only is the law, it’ll also help keep you safe in the event of a collision.
- Check your travel route before you hit the road. If you know that you’re going to be driving in work zones, give yourself extra time to travel so you’re not driving recklessly trying to get to your destination on time.
- Only change lanes when driving in work zones when pavement markings or signs instruct you to do so. Avoid merging unnecessarily, especially in front of large trucks.
If you were injured while driving through a road construction zone, contact The Clardy Law Firm. Our personal injury and auto accident attorneys are standing by to help you receive the compensation you deserve.