Common Concerns After a Construction Zone Accident
Did you know that on average, at any given moment in the state of Texas, there are 1,000 or more active work zones? With this many construction zones, worker safety is a significant issue. Thousands of construction workers put their lives in the hands of Texas drivers every day. TxDOT records show that there are approximately 15,000 crashes and more than 100 related deaths each year due to car accidents in highway construction and maintenance zones.
What Are the Most Common Causes of Construction Zone Car Accidents in Texas?
- Distracted Driving
- Drunk Driving
Sometimes Drivers Are Not at Fault in Construction Zone Car Accidents:
Construction zone accidents are not always the fault of the driver of one of the vehicles. In some cases, the area is set up in a way that caused the incident. In other cases, the workers on-site in the construction zone are negligent and cause the incident. A poorly marked construction zone can leave a driver confused and lead to a collision with a concrete barrier, sideswiping another vehicle, or even ending up in a collision with a piece of construction equipment on site. Other common causes of construction zone accidents include illegible lane lines, work vehicles or heavy equipment with missing or improper warning lights, on-site construction zone lighting impeding driver’s vision, etc.
How to Drive Safely in Construction Zones:
Texas drivers are well aware that road improvement is a never-ending project. It’s a frustrating fact of life for drivers, making it essential that everyone driving through construction zones use caution.
- Drive slowly and follow any posted work zone speed limits. Not only is speeding in construction zones one of the leading causes for work zone car accidents, but traffic fines double in construction zones.
- Focus and pay attention to workers and heavy equipment. In some cases, they may be only feet away from passing vehicles on the road.
- Exhibit patience and expect delays as highway construction is, by nature, frustrating. Remember that it only takes a few extra minutes to slow down for a work zone.
- Plan for delays and leave a little early if traveling through a construction zone is necessary.
Have You Been Injured in a Construction Zone Accident?
If you are involved in a car crash in a construction zone, you could have a claim for damages. The bulk of the claim is most likely against the other driver, but in some cases, the construction company could hold partial responsibility. The experienced personal injury attorneys at Hudson Law Firm are happy to evaluate your construction zone car accident case and help you determine the scope of your personal injury claim and your best course of action.