Highway construction projects happen all over the United States. Roadwork is particularly extensive and often ongoing in busy cities where there is a need for more roads to cut down on traffic and where so many cars degrade the streets much quicker. If you are driving down the road and you spot those bright orange signs and traffic cones in the road, maybe even a flagger, you know that you are entering a construction zone. When you drive through one of these work zones, it is important to drive at the reduced speed that is posted for the site, that you stay alert, and be careful of construction workers and their large vehicles moving about.
Driving through a construction zone is not an ideal situation to be in. It is an inconvenience and most often, doing so can add more time for you to get to your final destination. But, to keep roads and highways updated, safe, and maintained, road construction is necessary. When you come upon a work zone, paying extra attention and being especially cautious can keep you from hitting a worker, construction vehicle, or another car on the road near you.
How do Work Zone Accidents Happen?
Every day there are hard-working construction workers that are put on job sites that have many different perils. This is why the construction industry has some of the highest reported workplace accident cases when compared to other professions. This is true for those sites that are not on active and busy roadways. But when an already dangerous work environment is located on a bustling highway, the risk for great injury and deadly harm increases.
In 2019, there were 842 fatalities in work zones across the country. Out of all these deaths, 135 were construction workers just trying to do their job. When comparing 2019 work zone accidents to previous years, the number of work zone accidents is rising. Other deaths that result in these tragic incidents can include occupants of personal vehicles, pedestrians, motorcyclists, and any other party who is on or near the road that is being rebuilt, fixed, or expanded.
Roadside and highway work zone construction accidents can happen in many ways including:
- Drivers not abiding by the reduced speeds that are posted in the work zone.
- Not paying attention to driving and allowing distractions to take your attention away from your environment.
- Not paying attention to the signs warning you that an active work zone was coming up and adjusting for the change in traffic flow.
- Not properly merging with traffic into the work zone.
- Poor work zone set up such as lack of signs or missing safety cones, for example.
Speak to a Jackson Car Accident Attorney Today
While construction workers are at risk for being hit so are other cars driving through a construction site. If you were hit and injured in a construction site in Mississippi or if you lost a loved one from a deadly crash, consider reaching out to the Jackson car accident attorneys at Germany Law Firm, PLLC today. You can schedule a free consultation to discuss your options for obtaining compensation from a Mississippi personal injury claim by calling (601) 487-0555.