Summer is a popular time for road construction projects. While these projects are designed to improve the safety of our roadways, the process often puts both drivers and workers at risk.
There were 87,606 crashes in work zones in 2010, resulting in 576 fatalities. This equates to one work zone fatality every 15 hours. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, 41 percent of fatal work zone crashes involve rear-end collisions.
The most common crash factors include speeding, lack of seat belt use, and alcohol impairment. To stay safe this summer, we encourage drivers to take the following precautions to avoid a Port Charlotte automobile accident: Expect the unexpected. Normal speed limits may be reduced, traffic lanes may be altered, construction workers and equipment may be located on or near the road, and pedestrians may be forced to take alternative routes. Slow Down. Drivers should slow down when entering construction zones.
Make sure to obey signs and reduce speed to account for the conditions. Don’t tailgate. Keep a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. Pay attention. Follow the instructions provided by construction signs and flaggers. Avoid distractions, such as cell phones, while traveling through construction zones. Expect delays. Schedule enough time to drive safely and check the current traffic conditions before you drive. Don’t drive too closely to the work zone. Leave as much space as possible between your vehicle and workers in a work zone.
The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Port Charlotte accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Port Charlotte injury attorneys for a free consultation.