Car Accidents in Construction Zones
Every summer, millions of orange barrels and signs go up across the country’s interstate and road system announcing lane changes, lane shifts, road construction, and the presence of construction crews. These signs are the bane of many drivers’ existence, but are necessary to maintain the safety of the crews that maintain the roads. Unfortunately, all of the signage in the world is frequently not enough to prevent accidents.
Construction zones are inherently dangerous roadways to both the crews working in the zone as well as to the drivers going by. They involve a lot of confusion, potentially a lot of dust, and may even cause significant delays along the road. For the crews, the greatest danger is a vehicle that goes flying by above the construction zone speed limit and hits a crew member.
While lowering the speed limit does a lot to help the crews remain safe, it is not a foolproof method. Even if a driver obeys the speed limit, there is still the chance that something will go wrong with the car, causing it to careen into the construction zone and cause injuries.
Drivers are equally at risk in construction zones. The lane shifts and uneven lanes common with resurfacing projects inject a large quantity of confusion. There may be multiple sets of stripes on the road and nothing indicating which set should be followed. Trucks and other construction vehicles may enter the roadway at odd points.
All of the confusing lane changes and shifts combined with the potential frustration due to delays make construction zones hazardous to all that encounter them.