Construction on roadways presents risks to both motorists and workers. Every year there are fatalities due to crashes in these situations.
Driving in work zones takes more vigilance than driving on regular roads and highways. Understanding how to maneuver in the zones can help reduce the risk of accidents and injuries.
Highway work zone facts
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an average of 773 motorists and passengers die every year due to accidents in work zones. Around 123 construction workers die every year due to work-related injuries, and transportation events are the cause of 76% of these fatal injuries. The states that have the highest number of construction worker deaths are Texas, Florida, Illinois, Pennsylvania, California and Tennessee.
Driving tips for safer work zones
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reports that, although there is the involvement of all types of vehicles in construction-related accidents, large trucks are more often involved due to their size. Ideally, motorists should avoid construction zones as much as possible. However, if this is not possible, it is important to pay attention to signs that indicate lane changes, speed limit reductions and other information. Not only is it dangerous to speed in work zones, but it also results in higher fines.
Rear-end accidents are some of the most common that occur in work zones, so it is smart to keep more distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. If the zone contains lane closures, move into the open lane as soon as possible. Always be on the lookout for workers and prepare to stop at any time.