Spring Means Road Construction: 4 Ways to Drive Safely in Work Zones
Springtime always means an increase in construction on Texas roads. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, construction zones are a common site of accidents, with approximately 15,000 accidents and 100 deaths happening in these zones each year.
Keep you and your passengers along with construction workers in work zones safe from harm as you travel this spring by following the safety tips below in mind when you’re driving through work zones this spring:
- Slow down. Never drive faster than the posted speed limit in a work zone. Adjust your speed for hazards like weather, lane changes or reductions, heavy traffic, and the presence of workers. Speeding is one of the top causes of work zone accidents.
- Pay attention. After speeding, the most common cause of work zone accidents is driver inattention. Never use your phone in a work zone. Instead, pay extra attention, especially when workers are present.
- Be patient. Work zones frequently mean slower traffic. When traffic is heavy, it can take even more time to get through construction areas. Include extra time in your travel plans, stay calm, and check the Texas Department of Transportation website for construction updates before you leave.
Every April, Texas recognizes Work Zone Awareness Week, along with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and many other U.S. states. Practicing safe driving in work zones is one of the best ways to protect your own life and the lives of others on the road.
At Williams & Brown LLP, our experienced Texas car accident attorneys help many families seek the compensation they need after a crash. To learn more, contact us today at (888) 741-6200.
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