How to Avoid a Car Accident in a Construction Zone
Highway construction increases during the warmer months because the weather is more conducive to road repairs and other projects. If you drive in the D.C. Metro area, you have most likely encountered and been delayed by highway construction.
While these projects are necessary, they also increase the risk of accidents and injuries for construction workers, pedestrians, and motorists. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), in 2020, more than 44,000 people were injured and over 800 lost their lives in work zone crashes.
As the data shows, a disproportionate number of accidents occur in construction zones every year. However, what are the hazards facing people working and driving in these areas? To start, construction vehicles and equipment cause traffic congestion, and if they are not secured or operated safely, they can collide with other vehicles passing through the work zone.
Debris and dust from road repairs that is kicked up by jackhammers and other machinery can crash into vehicles and interfere with a driver’s ability to see the road. Once crews are gone, they often leave behind potholes that expand over time and lead to dangerous tire blowouts.
Also, unexpected changes in traffic patterns may lead to crashes when distracted or impatient motorists have to slow down and merge several lanes into one. Some drivers get lost following detours and cause bottlenecks or make unexpected and sudden turns and lane changes, leaving those around them with little time to react and avoid a crash.
If you encounter a construction zone, take these steps to travel safely and avoid a crash:
- Slow down to the work zone speed limit or at least 10 miles per hour below the regular speed limit if temporary speed limits are not posted.
- Pay attention and stay alert for workers, equipment, and changing traffic patterns in construction zones.
- Avoid distractions in work zones. That includes your mobile phone and other objects and activities that divert your mind, eyes, and hands away from the task of driving.
- Increase following distance in construction areas where stops are more frequent. Tailgating raises the risk of rear-end car accidents.
- Use your headlights to help workers and other motorists see your vehicle.
- Be patient and remember that while construction delays are inconvenient, they are also temporary. Road crews are working hard to improve your drive in the future.
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