Who is at Greatest Risk for Work Zone Injuries?

by Terry Bryant

Construction is a part of life for Texas motorists. There’s literally no way of getting around it in a city like Houston, which not only has a seemingly endless number of roads that need repair, but also has a booming population that requires expanded roadways.

Growth in Houston is good. We all want better roads and fewer traffic headaches, so when we see work zones, we should be glad that progress is being made. However, statistics tell us that we should also proceed with caution. Work zones account for many vehicle crashes, both nationwide and in Texas.

An Increase in Texas Work Zone Crashes

In fact, last year saw a huge jump – 27% – in the number of work zone crashes. Over 25,000 vehicle crashes occurred in Texas work zones in 2016. In those crashes, 181 people lost their lives.

96% of Texas work zone deaths in 2016 were non-workers, which means they were motorists, pedestrians, or cyclists. Our roads have up to 2,500 work zones active at any given time, so the chances are good you will find yourself navigating a road that is under construction while driving in Texas.

Tips for Driving Safely in Work Zones

The surge in work zone deaths in Texas should prompt us all to ask how we might protect ourselves from these crashes. Essentially, you’ll want to pay closer attention to the signs posted and give motorists extra space to make sure you aren’t involved in a crash. Here are a few tips to keep in mind.

  • Slow down to the recommended speed limits in a work zone.
  • Be mindful of lane closures and shift lanes accordingly.
  • Leave extra space between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you.
  • Know that navigating a work zone is especially dangerous for drivers of large vehicles. Adjust your driving habits by leaving adequate space, and allow room for these vehicles to shift lanes.
  • Avoid all forms of distraction while driving.

Rear-end collisions are the leading type of crashes in work zones. Nearly all collisions are preventable, and they can be avoided by leaving adequate room between yourself and another vehicle.

Unfortunately, even if we do everything we can to drive safely in a work zone, we are still vulnerable to crashes. Construction companies still bear much of the responsibility to ensure that a work site is safe for workers and motorists. Our safety is also in the hands of our fellow motorists.

Work Zone Injury Lawyer

If you or a loved one has been injured in a work zone crash, you might be able to take legal action. When negligence leads to a car wreck, someone can be held financially responsible for the damages suffered by the victim. At Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law, we are here to assist victims of negligence to make sure they don’t have to pay the costs of their injuries.

To schedule a free consultation with Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law, contact us today by filling out our online contact form or giving us a call at 1(800) 444-5000 or locally in the Houston area at (713) 973-8888.