The United States Department of Transportation provides that there are nearly 90,000 accidents in work zones on an annual basis and the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that transportation incidents and workers hit by vehicles account for the most work injuries resulting in death. On a state level, the New Jersey 2016 Highway Safety Plan, responsible for the administration of the federally-funded state and community Highway Safety Program, reports that in 2014, there were 49 traffic accidents caused by improper work zones, an increase from the 37 work zone traffic accidents that occurred in 2013. In 2015, eight work zone traffic accidents were fatal.
With this many accidents occurring on an annual basis, it is important for all New Jersey drivers to take steps to remain safe in and around work zones in order to avoid accidents and serious injury.
The U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration suggests the following:
Stay Alert and Minimize Distractions
- Dedicate your full attention to the roadway
- Avoid changing the radio station, using a mobile phone, eating, or other distractions that can remove your concentration from the road
Keep Your Headlights On
Pay Attention to the Road
- "Listen to the signs"
- Watch brake lights on vehicles ahead
- Watch traffic around you and be prepared to react
Merge into the Proper Lane
- Merge well before you reach the lane closure
- Be aware that traffic patterns can change daily
- Follow other vehicles at a safe distance
Obey the Posted Speed Limit
- Workers may be present just feet away
- Fines may be doubled for moving traffic violations
- Be prepared to slow down further if conditions indicate the need.
Other Ways to Avoid Work Zone Traffic Accidents
In addition to the steps that New Jersey drivers can take, construction companies and municipalities can also work to eliminate work zone traffic accidents. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommends the following:
- Traffic control: Use of signals and message boards to direct drivers away from any areas where work is being performed.
- Protections: Barriers and other devices to limit driver’s access into the work zone.
- Lighting: Appropriate lighting at flagger stations.
Contact a New Jersey Personal Injury Lawyer at HCK, P.A.
It feels like New Jersey roads are always under construction. If you or someone you love is involved in a work zone accident, it is important to receive immediate medical attention. The next step is to contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at Helmer, Conley & Kasselman, P.A. to determine if the construction company, city, or other entity is liable to compensate you for your injuries and damages. Contact our team of attorneys today to discuss the specifics of your case and collect all of the compensation you are entitled to receive.