Being involved in a car accident in a construction zone can be a traumatic experience. These accidents are more common than you might think. Given the nature of roadway and highway construction zones, there are many ways to get into a crash.
It is important to be extra vigilant while in construction zones. Listed below are ways you can avoid an accident in a construction zone.
If you are driving in a construction zone, avoid all distractions. It only takes a second of looking away from the road in front of you to have your vehicle drift a bit from side to side. In many construction zones, there is not a lot of wiggle room for vehicles to move, so a small shift from the lane at the wrong time and you could crash into a barrier, machine, or even a construction worker.
Keep your eyes on the road at all times. Do not pay attention to other motorists or their driving habits. Remain alert and avoid distractions, such as cellphones, eating, and rowdy passengers.
Slow down gradually when approaching a construction zone. Use caution when entering one, even if workers are not present. The flagger may be hidden from view by heavy equipment or an overpass. The speed limit will typically drop in increments in a work zone to make sure drivers reduce their speed gradually before reaching the actual work site where workers are present and equipment is operating in close proximity to traffic flow.
Once you are in a construction zone, drive slowly and drive the speed limit. One of the major problems of construction zone crashes are motorists driving too fast and are unable to stop their vehicles in time. A construction worker could easily make a mistake and step into the lane of travel or move a machine into the lane of travel. If you are going too fast, you will not be able to stop in time.
Do Not Tailgate
Avoid tailgating or following too closely since it reduces your field of vision. Leave enough space between yourself and other motorists to be able to avoid dangerous situations that may arise suddenly. Drivers may change lanes abruptly or stop without warning due to hazards up ahead.
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If you have been seriously injured in a construction zone car accident, you should seek legal advice. Our Media car accident lawyers at Eckell, Sparks, Levy, Auerbach, Monte, Sloane, Matthews & Auslander, P.C. have decades of experience in successfully fighting for the rights of personal injury plaintiffs. Call us at 610-565-3701 or contact us online to schedule an initial consultation today. We are located in Media and West Chester, Pennsylvania, and we proudly serve clients throughout Delaware County, Chester County, and Montgomery County.