Normally speeding through a work zone could earn you a ticket worth double a normal fine, but the price could be much higher than a financial one if you have a car accident. Over the past five years, more than 4,400 people have lost their lives in work zone accidents according to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The number of injuries in work zones was 200,000. Eighty five percent of fatalities involve the driver of the car or a passenger with the driver most often losing his or her life.
Construction Zone Markings
Construction zones often result in narrower and fewer lanes available to traffic. Almost all sites leave workers in close proximity to moving vehicles and require reduced speeds. Therefore, if you are driving in a work zone, it is imperative to pay attention to the new traffic pattern and lane markings. Merge well ahead of a lane closure and do not attempt to change lanes unless pavement markings indicate it is safe to do so. Slow down as you approach a work zone and do not exceed the reduced speed limit until you reach the end of the work zone.
Extra attention is needed to navigate the hazards of a construction zone. Rear end crashes are the most common type of crash that happens during road repairs. It is important to leave ample space between your car and the car ahead of you. Remember that heavy trucks traveling alongside you need more time to be able to stop. Pay close attention to the brake lights of the traffic up ahead to anticipate slow downs and/or sudden stops. Often work vehicles may need to enter your lane unexpectedly. Keep your headlights on and above all, avoid any type of distraction such as your cell phone, eating, drinking, or even changing the radio station. If you look down for five seconds while driving 55 mph, you cover the length of a football field – a lot can happen in that space.
Repairs often require closures, detours, and alternate traffic patterns. These will all be indicated with signage to alert drivers to the changes which may occur daily at the same site. If your commute takes you through a construction work zone where repairs will be ongoing for a long period of time, pay close attention to signage to avoid a car accident. Especially crucial are signs indicating two-way traffic where normally traffic flow is all one way, and those showing that a flagger will be directing traffic indicating with a flag when it is safe for cars to pass.
Chester County Car Accident Lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC Help Those Injured in Construction Zone Accidents
Driving in a construction zone requires the extra attention and care of all drivers passing through. If you have been injured in a car accident in Pennsylvania that was due to the negligence of another careless driver you may be eligible for compensation. The experienced Chester County car accident lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC can provide you with skilled legal representation to make sure you obtain the best possible outcome for your case. Call us today at 215-569-8488 or complete our online contact form. Our offices are conveniently located in Wilmington, Delaware, Pennsylvania including Philadelphia, and New Jersey and we serve clients throughout Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.