On New York highways and freeways, construction is often a part of life. As workers repair and improve the roadways, the work zones can often be dangerous when drivers are not paying attention. Because road and construction workers are often susceptible and vulnerable to accidents, it is vital that drivers pay close attention and implement extra safety practices when driving through work zones.

According to DrivingTests.org, each year there are close to 100,000 accidents in work zones throughout the country. Although these accidents are rarely fatal, workers and drivers are vulnerable to injury and close to 75% of them ended in some type of damage to the vehicles involved. Statistics show that almost 70 people are injured each day.

The first thing you can do as a driver to help protect workers in construction zones is to watch for the signs of construction. These are usually orange diamonds that specify there is a work zone ahead. Drivers should slow down immediately when they see these signs and start watching for obstacles, machinery and workers.

Another thing drivers should do is watch for signs of slowing down around them. Watch the brake lights of the vehicles in front of you to see when the roads are slowing down. Often, vehicles must stop quickly when a piece of equipment or a truck pulls out in front of them and if you are not watching you are likely to cause an accident.

Distracted driving is the cause of many accidents in the United States and it is particularly dangerous in work zones. Even looking down for a second can lead to a fast stop or an accident. Follow the barrels and cones intended to keep traffic moving and avoid changing the radio, talking on the phone or eating while in a construction zone. With the life of many workers on the line, drivers should be alert and attentive while driving through work zones.

This information is for educational purposes and should not be interpreted as legal advice. If you’re in an accident, contact Surdez & Perez. We can help.