With spring’s warmer weather comes flowers, rain, and more outdoor activities. Along with these, you can also expect an increase in work zones on area roads. During the winter, construction slows down, but once the temperatures rise, those orange cones and workers show up on the sides of roads more often.
Construction workers put themselves in danger every time they go to work, particularly on busy roads like 64 and 460. They are at risk for getting hit by other vehicles and falling over rails, not to mention the hazards they face simply from the job itself.
Staying Aware Can Save a Life
Striking a construction worker with your vehicle can not only cause injury and loss of life, but can also result in criminal charges against you. Staying aware of work zones and the employees working in them may prevent devastating accidents from taking place. Here, we offer a few tips on how to increase your chances of keeping everyone safe:
- Merge early, even if it means not securing a good position in line. Drivers will often wait until the last second to merge in order to get in the front of other cars, which can be deadly for workers.
- Avoid speeding, as it is the number one contributor of work zone crashes.
- Keep your focus on the road and dedicate all of your attention to it.
- Be patient when driving in these areas, even if you have to slow down or stop. These workers are just doing their jobs trying to improve the road on which you travel.
- Expect the unexpected, as workers, machines, and other tools may come out of the work zone at any time and into traffic.
- Allow ample space between you and the vehicle ahead of you to give yourself plenty of time to stop if needed.
Everyone Makes Mistakes and We Can Help
If you were charged with speeding, reckless driving, or another offense while driving through a work zone, the attorneys of Tavss Fletcher may be able to help. Fill out our online form or call us at 757.625.1214 to speak with a legal professional about your situation.