Road construction in Houston seems to be a constant. Due to Houston’s explosive growth, heavy traffic, and climate, road construction is necessary to keep the roads safe and functioning properly. Drivers can get used to seeing construction cones and barriers on the roadways and in the medians. However, drivers must stay vigilant and aware that despite how many construction zones may be present, accidents can happen and pose a danger to drivers, as well as to construction crews.
Most traffic accidents that occur in road construction areas happen for one of two reasons – either one or more drivers is speeding, or drivers are not paying attention. Speeding can be a big problem in construction zones. Drivers may fail to notice reduced speed limit signs or may simply ignore them. Driver distractions are also a big problem in construction zones – drivers may be using their phones or simply failing to pay attention. It’s been estimated that 20,000 road workers are injured each year in accidents at road construction sites.
It’s important that drivers in Houston construction zones pay attention to the roads and be prepared to slow down. Some roadwork lasts a long period of time so it can be easy for drivers to become oblivious to the work. However, work zones can change almost daily. Drivers should keep clear of the workers and equipment and should merge early. If construction is taking place at night, drivers should be even more cautious.
If you have been harmed in an accident in a construction zone, you should speak with an attorney. Call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. We can help. Call us today or visit our Facebook page to learn more about the firm.