This week is National Work Zone Awareness Week, which is designed to bring attention to motorist and worker safety issues on roadways. This blog post by wrongful death and personal injury lawyer Richard Armond of the The Armond Firm, LLC, in Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia, is designed to spread the message regarding the dangers of work zones on highways and includes some safety tips.
The statistics cited by the Federal Highway Administration regarding work zones are most alarming. In 2016 there were 765 work zone fatalities in the United States and 712 in 2015. In 2016, 143 of those fatalities involved workers, while in 2015 there were 130 workers lost. Most people recognize the dangers involved in the hard work those workers are doing, but those statistics indicate it is also very dangerous for motorists traveling through work zones.
Wrongful deaths in automobile accidents of any type are tragic, but often preventable. The Federal Highway Administration offers the following safety tips when driving in highway work zones:
- Know Before You Go. Check your phone apps, agency websites, and the radio for the latest traffic information to ensure a safe and timely trip.
- Wear Your Seatbelt. It is your best defense in a crash.
- Expect the Unexpected. Work zones change often. The area you drove through yesterday may look different today.
- Avoid Distractions. Distracted driving in a work zone can have deadly consequences. Put down your phone and keep your eyes on the road.
- Pay Attention to Other Drivers. Narrowed traffic patterns provide less ability to maneuver around other vehicles safely. Paying attention can prevent the need for evasive actions in work zones.
- Don't Speed or Tailgate. Keep a safe distance from the vehicle ahead of you and don't speed. Tailgating and speeding lead to crashes with other vehicles and field workers.
- Obey Road Crews and Signs. Flaggers know how best to move traffic safely in work zones. The warning signs are there to help you and other drivers move safely.
- Be Patient and Stay Calm. Work zone crew members are working to improve the road and make your future drive better. Stay calm and drive safely.
Please drive safely and attentively around highway work zones for your safety and for the safety of the workers and other motorists.
If you or a loved one have been injured in an automobile accident, please contact Gwinnett County based personal injury and wrongful death lawyer Richard Armond at (678) 661-9585 for a free consultation.
Attorney Richard Armond of The Armond Firm, LLC, handles serious personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout metro Atlanta and the State of Georgia. He is licensed to practice law by the State Bar of Georgia and is based in Lawrenceville, one mile down the road from the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center. Call him today for a free consultation at (678) 661-9585. The information above is for informational purposes only as of the date of publication and should not be relied upon as legal advice, nor does the reading of it form an attorney-client relationship. Always consult directly with an attorney for legal advice.