Road construction is a way of life in Texas. Our climate, heavy traffic, and an influx of new people moving into the state all lead to ongoing roadwork and maintenance to keep the roadways safe. Most drivers have gotten used to seeing construction workers and orange cones on the sides of the road. However, many drivers do not pay close attention in construction zones. Their inattention can pose a serious danger to road construction workers, as well as other drivers on the roads.
The good news is that construction zone accidents have decreased over the past few years. Educational programs aimed at the public about the dangers of construction zones, when combined with increased safety awareness programs for road workers, have led to a decrease in accidents and fatalities in construction zones.
The biggest factors in construction zone accidents are speed and distracted driving. When drivers fail to reduce the speed or notice that traffic is being redirected, collisions can easily occur. Drivers in construction zones should watch the traffic around them and be prepared to react. Drivers should also not become oblivious to construction zones if the construction has been ongoing for a while – instead, it’s important to be aware that the traffic patterns in work zones can change regularly. At night, it’s extremely important to use caution when driving through a work zone, whether or not workers are present. It’s also important to be aware that some work zones are mobile, and it’s important to observe the signs until you see one indicating the end of the road work.It’s been estimated that approximately 1.5 percent of all work-related fatalities occur in construction zones on highway projects. Drivers who fail to drive safely through construction zones can be held liable. If you or a loved one has been harmed because of an unsafe driver in a roadside construction project, call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. Our team can help ensure that you get the fair compensation to which you are entitled for your injuries. Call us today or visit us on Facebook to learn more.