3 Important Facts to Know about Highway Work Zone Car Accidents
July 9, 2015
With the warm weather of summer upon us, many states and municipalities are taking advantage of these higher temperatures to get more highway repairs and road construction projects underway/finished up. What this means for many motorists is that they are likely to run across at least one (or a few) highway work zones during their routine commutes or other roadway travels over the course of the next few months.
Because highway work zones can complicate driving conditions – and given that you are likely to run across at least a few this summer, below, we’ll point out some important facts to know about the collisions that happen at and around these zones.
Highway Work Zone Car Accidents: Here’s What You Should Know
1 – Highway work zone car accidents happen more often that you may realize.
In fact, according to data from the Federal Highway Administration:
- Every day in the U.S., about 110 people are hurt in highway work zone car accidents. This breaks down to about one of these injuries being sustained in the nation every 13 or so minutes.
- Daily, there are at least two deaths caused by highway work zone car accidents.
- Over the past five years, more than 200,000 people have been injured in highway work zone car accidents, and at least 4,700 others have been killed as a result of these collisions.
- Although highway work zone car accidents can occur at any time, approximately 70 percent of these collisions occur between 8pm and 5am.
2 – In about 5 out of every 6 highway work zone car accidents, the motorists – not the highway workers – are those who are injured.
One of the reasons for this could be due to the fact that the vast majority of these accidents occurs during the evening/early morning hours when highway workers are typically not operating work zones.
3 – There are ways to reduce your risk of highway work zone car accidents.
This may be the most important fact to remember as you hit the roads this summer, as your actions behind the wheel can significantly impact your risk of getting into these – or other – motor vehicle accidents. So, to reduce your risk of a highway work zone car accident, here’s what you can do:
- Never drive drunk or distracted – You need to be fully alert to the changing driving conditions around highway work zones.
- Always comply with traffic laws, and go slower around work zones.
- Always wear your seatbelt and drive defensively.
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