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Tips for Avoiding Car Accidents in Construction Zones

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IL injury attorneySummer is typically the time for construction on America’s streets and roads because of the nice weather. According to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Organization (NHTSA), work zones on U.S. roadways have become increasingly dangerous for both workers and motorists. A work zone is a designated area or stretch of highway or road where work takes place, typically to improve the pavement or roadway conditions. This may involve lane closures, detours, and tractors or equipment. Car accidents can happen at any time and anywhere, especially if there is a change in the normal flow of traffic. It is important to be even more aware when driving in work zones in order to avoid an accident. Unfortunately, you cannot control other drivers on the road who may not be paying attention.

Drive with Caution

There are steps a driver can take to be better prepared for traveling in work zones. Practicing safe driving tactics, such as slowing down, can help reduce the risk of being involved in a car accident. Here are a few other safety precautions every motorist should take during road construction season:

  • Expect the unexpected in designated road construction zones.
  • Be alert and pay attention to the signs.
  • Comply with the directions given by the flagger or electronic signage.
  • Be patient in road construction zones.
  • Use the “Take 10” technique to change lanes.
  • Slow down; do not drive too fast for conditions.
  • Drive defensively; other drivers can be reckless.
  • Do not follow the vehicle ahead of you too closely.
  • Obey the posted signs until you leave the work zone.
  • Plan ahead and leave early for your destination in anticipation of delays.

Most of the above safety tips are common sense, such as driving slower in work zones. The “Take 10” method to change lanes involves putting on your turn signal at least three seconds before beginning to change lanes and allowing at least seven seconds to complete the lane change while checking your side and rearview mirrors during the maneuver.

Contact a Wheaton Car Accident Lawyer

Construction zones can be dangerous for many drivers. Whether it be in your hometown or a tourist location, motorists need to be extra cautious when driving in these areas in order to avoid causing or being involved in a vehicle accident. If you are injured in any type of motor vehicle collision, David W. Clark, Attorney at Law can help you. Our experienced DuPage County personal injury attorneys will establish liability in your accident to determine compensation. To schedule a free consultation, call 630-665-5678 today.

 

 

Sources:

https://www.aarp.org/auto/driver-safety/info-2013/driving-in-construction-zones.html
https://www.nhtsa.gov/sites/nhtsa.dot.gov/files/workzones.pdf

 

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