Construction Zone Accidents
May 28, 2019
For more than 45 years, the Injuries, Illnesses and Fatalities program at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has compiled statistics about injuries, illnesses and fatalities on the job in the U.S. According to a recent survey of the last 25 years of data, U.S. workers are getting injured less and... continue reading
As the heart of Georgia, the Macon area sees its fair share of construction projects meant to improve regional transportation for our approximately 155,000 residents.Served primarily by I-16 (connecting the city to Savannah and coastal GA), I-75 (linking the city with Atlanta to the north and Florida to the south) and I-475 (a city bypass highway), it seems that all Macon roads are in a relatively constant state of modification. An unfortunate problem nationwide is that work zones are frequent sites for traffic accidents, causing substantial property damage, serious personal injury or wrongful death. At the Mann Law Firm, we represent the victims of construction zone accidents and we have a demonstrated track record of success. For more than 50 years, our firm has helped countless Macon and Middle Georgia accident victims collect the money they deserve. If you suffered a serious injury in a work zone accident or a construction zone accident, our experience can make a difference in your case. Please call us at (478) 742-3381 or contact us online to schedule a free and confidential initial consultation.
There are many ways to define a road construction site.It could be a long-term project such as building a new overpass, a short-term task such as repairing an underground water main or a maintenance activity such as cutting the grass. Generally, a work zone is marked by signs, barrels, barriers, pavement markings and work vehicles. Despite the fact that traffic is contained and speed is usually lowered in construction zones, they are still common locations for traffic accidents.
Types of Work Zone AccidentsThe Federal Highway Administration reports that, on average, almost 600 work zone fatalities occur nationwide every year and approximately 85 percent of those killed are motorists (as opposed to workers). Some of these drivers and passengers were involved in head-on collisions from someone driving on the wrong side of construction barriers. Others were rear-ended when another driver couldn’t safely stop for traffic that was at a standstill. Still others collided with fixed objects such as temporary traffic signs or crash barrels due to confusing signs, sudden lane changes or heavy construction equipment that blocked their view.
Causes of Construction Zone AccidentsFor construction zone accidents caused by other drivers, speed is often a major factor. Other negligent driving behaviors include tailgating, not paying attention, failing to follow the work signs and impaired driving. When all drivers are operating their vehicles appropriately, work zone accidents can be the fault of the company or government entity in charge of the construction.
Missing signs, improperly barricaded areas, incorrect detours and misplaced construction equipment are just some of the issues that can make for dangerous road conditions and unavoidable hazards.When you encounter a work zone, protect yourself by:
- Driving within the posted speed limits
- Giving the road your full attention
- Merging into the designated lane BEFORE the other lanes close
- Watching out for workers and construction equipment
- Obeying road crew flaggers and signs
- Staying patient
- Being extra attentive at night and in bad weather.