In 2010, there were more than 40 fatalities in work zones, according to The National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse. Our state has been ranked as one of the most dangerous for these kinds of accidents for quite some time now.
It's that time of the year again, when road crews are trying to work on roads an increasing number of commuting and vacationing motorists are attempting to use for transportation. Unfortunately, this is also a time when we see an increase in the number of work zone accidents. Drivers are asked to be extremely cautious when driving through these areas. Safe driving habits will not only help to keep you out of a potentially fatal accident, but it will help to keep our roadside workers safe during this busy time of year for road work.
Our Los Angeles personal injury lawyers understand that speeding is a top factor in many of these car accidents in road work zones. Transportation officials throughout the state are working to get drivers to slow down. They're doing it through the implementation issues of automated speed enforcement (ASE). Officials are placing automated speed detectors in these areas to make drivers pay more attention to their speedometer. Slowing down can help to reduce your risks of an accident significantly.
Every year, there are hundreds of people who die in accidents that occur in road maintenance and construction areas. According to some of the most recent statistics, the number of these fatalities has actually risen in recent years. In 2008, there were more than 715 people killed in accidents in these areas. That's an increase from the less than 670 killed in 2009. California ranked in the top three most dangerous along with Florida and Texas, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
While roadside workers are in danger in these scenarios too, motorists account for a bulk of the fatalities. As a matter of fact, more than 70 percent of roadway work zone fatal occupational injuries in 2010 were transportation related.
We would like to offer drivers some safety tips to help get you safely through these zones and to help to keep our roadside workers safe. Please review the following tips and share them with your loved ones.
-Slow down. When you're approaching a work zone, reduce your speed. Keep an eye out for posted speed limit signs. Limits are reduced in these areas.
-Keep an eye on your surroundings. Keep an eye on traffic, roadside workers and their equipment.
-Change lanes before you get to a work zone. Avoid changing lanes in these areas.
-Keep distractions out of the driver's seat.
-Check the traffic conditions before heading out and allow yourself with plenty of time to deal with the delays that accompany road work.
-Avoid tailgating. Rear-end accidents are some of the most common in work zones.
If you have been injured in an accident, contact Huntington Beach personal injury attorney Vincent Howard today to schedule a free and confidential consultation. Call (800) 872-5925.
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