Cruising in Construction Zones

by Terry Bryant

dangers of street construction

How Dangerous is Street Construction?

Houston has a vast expanse of residential streets, highways, and interstates. With all of these roadways comes road construction to build new roads and improve existing ones.

Driving in construction zones is different. Motorists are alerted to construction zones by roadside signage, but there are safety measures that a motorist can take to decrease the likelihood of an auto accident in a construction zone:

  • Steer clear of cement barriers—if possible, avoid driving your vehicle in a lane next to a cement barrier. Should you need to quickly avoid another vehicle, this cement barrier leaves you with one less exit path.
  • Resist the need for speed—slow down well before entering a construction zone. Many cars slamming on their brakes to adhere to the reduced construction zone speed limit could cause a chain reaction collision.
  • Stay in the designated lanes—it may be tempting to circumvent standstill traffic by cutting across the green to a service road. But an unexpected incline may cause your vehicle to flip, or a deep hole in the ground may get your car stuck.

If you or someone you know has been involved in an auto accident, contact a board certified personal injury attorney to evaluate your potential claim.