How many times have you been driving down the highway and encountered orange flags signaling that workers may be on the road ahead? These warnings often come with a reminder to slow the speed of your vehicle and take extra precautions, or note the fines that accompany a ticket for speeding in a work zone. Known as work zones, it is important that drivers and workers pay attention to their surroundings in their areas since they pose a danger that can result in serious personal injury.
How To Stay Safe During Work Zone Driving
There are two common causes of work zone accident that any driver should be aware of. Commonly, injuries arise due to speeding through these areas and distracted driving. While both of these behaviors are strongly discouraged for the safe use of a motor vehicle, it is especially important to practice safe driving in areas where workers are not in immediate danger and the roads are not restricted due to repair work occurring to them.
In order to stay safe in a work zone, it is recommended that every driver:
- Slow down
- Follow posted speed limits
- Pay attention to workers
- Be prepared to stop
- Adapt to the altered roadway
- Remain calm in traffic delays
- Plan ahead when travelling
One study analyzed the common threads between many fatal work zone accidents. The authors found that many of the causes of fatal work zone accidents were confused by the work zone and how to navigate it, did not properly react to the work zone, or lost control of their vehicle. When a work zone is advertised, it is in your best interests to slow down and take your time proceeding.
If you or a loved one were involved in an accident in a work zone, speaking with a personal injury attorney can help. Our Tampa firm is here when you need us, allowing you to recover the compensation you need for your medical expenses, lost wages, and more. Get started with a free consultation with our lawyers to discuss your options!