Construction zones are a fact of driving. In order to maintain our roads in safe working order, we need all that construction. Construction zones, however, obviously present risks to drivers and workers alike, which is why there are enhanced rules and restrictions involved. If a poorly maintained or executed construction zone – or a negligent driver within a construction zone – leaves you injured in a construction zone accident in South Windsor, seek the experienced legal counsel of a dedicated car accident attorney today.
Accident Statistics In Construction Zones
The National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse shares all of the following statistics related to construction zone accidents in a recent year:
- There were 123,000 total crashes, which is up considerably from the prior three-year average of 112,000.
- There were 31,000 crashes that resulted in injuries, which is up from the prior three-year average of 30,000.
- Those 31,000 crashes led to 45,000 injuries, which is up from the prior three-year average of 43,670.
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) also weighs in with the following statistics:
- For every 4 billion vehicle miles traveled, there is one work zone fatality.
- Over two recent years, fatal work-zone crashes rose by three percent, while fatal crashes outside of work zones decreased by 1.5 percent.
- In a single year, speeding played a role in 203 work zone fatalities.
Work zones increase the likelihood that dangerous accidents will happen, and when the work zone is poorly designed, poorly executed, or poorly maintained, the danger increases.
The Most Common Types Of Work Zone Accidents
The most common work zone accidents in South Windsor fall into one of three categories.
Work zones often lead to increased traffic congestion, which – in turn – increases the risk of rear-end collisions. Motorists, however, are responsible for driving safely in relation to the condition of the road, which includes accounting for traffic congestion. Rear-end collisions in work zones tend to be caused by motorists who are speeding and/or tailgating.
Work zones constrict the space in which motorists must maneuver, and they can also contain obstructions to clear views and can be difficult to navigate in general. All of this can increase the risk of sideswipe accidents happening. Driver distraction can also play an important role, with texting being both the most common and the most dangerous culprit.
Collisions With Stationary Objects
Work zones, by necessity, have a lot of equipment involved, including road barriers, signage, heavy machinery, and more. Another common form of work zone accident is collisions with these objects, which can be a function of a poorly designed, executed, and/or maintained work zone and/or driver negligence.
Call an Experienced South Windsor Construction Zone Accident Attorney Today
If you’ve been injured in a construction zone accident in South Windsor that was caused by another driver’s negligence and/or negligence on the part of the construction company, you’re facing a complicated claim. The accomplished attorneys at Berman & Russo have more than 30 years of experience guiding claims like yours toward favorable resolutions, so please don’t hesitate to contact us to schedule your free consultation today.