Posted by: Kisling, Nestico & Redick, LLC
Work zones on Ohio roadways are a near-constant site. They can be difficult to drive through with changing lane patterns and variable speed limits. They can also be dangerous for drivers and nearby construction workers alike. As an experienced car accident law firm in Ohio, Kisling, Nestico & Redick wants you to be careful while navigating work zones by being aware and following the tips below.
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It’s National Work Zone Awareness Week: Celebrate By Driving With Care
National Work Zone Awareness Week takes place from April 20-24, 2020, and this year marks its 20th year. This annual spring campaign encourages drivers to be safe while maneuvering through construction zones and work areas on highways and smaller roads.
This year’s theme for National Work Zone Awareness Week is “Safe Work Zones for All: Protect Workers. Protect Road Users.” This highlights the danger that negligent work zone driving poses to construction workers, drivers, and pedestrians.
Go Orange Day
While National Work Zone Awareness Week is celebrated the entire week of April 20, National Go Orange Day is Wednesday, April 22, 2020. This day is designated to help raise work zone safety awareness and focuses specifically on the construction workers who wear orange in work zones.
People who work in road work zones wear orange so that they are more visible to drivers. Despite this effort, approximately 123 workers lose their lives each year in fatal work-related injuries in work zones.
Between 2003 and 2017, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 1,844 workers lost their lives in road work zones. Texas had the most worker deaths with 218, followed by Florida with 132, Pennsylvania with 91, Illinois with 83, California with 76, and Tennessee with 70.
10 Tips for Driving Safely in Work Zones
You should always be aware of your surroundings behind the wheel, but it’s especially important to watch out in a work zone. Stay alert and keep the following safety tips in mind when driving in a construction zone:
- Slow down and adhere to the variable speed limit.
- Pay attention to the signs that appear on the sides of the road and on the pavement.
- Comply with directions given by a flagger.
- Be patient with workers and other drivers.
- Stay well behind the car in front of you.
- Merge when you see the first sign of a lane closure.
- Check the radio for traffic information.
- Look out for cones and orange barrels.
- Avoid construction equipment that may be entering and exiting the roadway.
- Expect delays.
Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer If You’re Hurt in a Work Zone
If you’ve been involved in a car accident or work-related injury in a work zone, you need someone on your side to stand up for your rights. Contact a skilled car accident lawyer at KNR today at 1-800-HURT-NOW .
We will determine who is at fault and help you obtain the compensation you need and deserve. Free consultations and zero risk – We only get paid when you recover compensation.