Traffic has slowed on many highways and other roads in Pennsylvania due to construction work zones. Road work is currently underway on the following highways: I-81, I-80, I-75, I-95, the Pennsylvania turnpike, and more. Roadway construction and work zones are hazardous for both the motorists who drive through those sites, and also the workers at construction sites.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), transportation incidents accounted for 66 percent of roadway work zone fatal occupational injuries in 2013. The Federal Highway Administration, reported that 81percent of the work zone fatalities in 2013 were drives and passengers of vehicles. Speeding was a factor in 23 percent of work zone crashes.
Hazardous weather conditions just add to the danger in work zones. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the stopping distance for motor vehicles at 50 mph is:
- Dry roadway – 300 ft.
- Wet roadway – 400 ft.
- Icy pavement – 1,250 ft.
Large trucks traveling through construction zones create even more danger, as a loaded tractor-trailer requires almost 50 percent more stopping distance. In 2013, 184 large trucks were involved in fatal crashes in work zones. This was an 11 percent increase from 2012. The injury attorneys at Fellerman and Ciarimboli are experienced in representing victims in work zone traffic accidents and are currently litigating a case regarding a weather-related jackknifed tractor-trailer that caused an accident in a work zone.
There were 579 work zone traffic fatalities and 29,000 work zone injuries in 2013. Work zone traffic accidents can happen for many different reasons. In addition to weather or speed-related accidents, some motorists drive distracted or recklessly through work zones and fail to obey posted signs. There may also be improper signage or inadequate warnings in work zones. As a driver, staying alert when traveling through work zones can help keep everyone safe. Following are 5 Safe Driving Tips for traveling through road work zones.
5 Safe Driving Tips for Road Work Zones
- Keep a proper following distance. Leave enough room between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead of you. Rear-end crashes are the most common type of work zone crashes, so don’t tailgate.
- Don’t drive too close to the work zone. Be sure to allow plenty of room between your vehicle and flaggers, construction workers and vehicles.
- Slow down and follow all posted work zone speed limit signs and other work zone and warning signs. Slow down even more when driving in adverse weather conditions. Plan ahead so you give yourself plenty of time.
- Drive free from distractions. Pay attention to driving and to the road in front of you and the workers around you. Don’t talk on your cell phone or text while driving. Don’t let your passengers distract you.
- Use seat belts. Make sure everyone in your vehicle is buckled up at all times.
If you’ve been injured in a work zone traffic accident or another type of car or truck accident, call the accident lawyers at Fellerman & Ciarimboli for a free consultation today. Call our Philadelphia truck accident attorneys at 215-575-9237 or our Wilkes-Barre truck accident lawyers at 570-714-HURT.
With more than 40 years of combined experience, the personal injury attorneys at Fellerman & Ciarimboli strive to provide the best service to clients in Philadelphia, Northeast Pennsylvania, and throughout the Keystone State.