With the strain that winter weather and heavy traffic put on Connecticut highways, road work projects are fairly common. While some individuals may think that they do not need to change their driving habits while going through a work zone, the fact is that accidents in these areas are quite common. Encouraging drivers to take additional safety precautions may help prevent the injuries and property damage that often accompany car accidents in work zones.
The Federal Highway Administration states that over 4,400 individuals have died over the last five years due to crashes in work zones. These types of highway crashes also accounted for injuries to over 200,000 people. Statistics indicate that the most frequent fatalities in these accidents are working-age adults. The reduced speeds and increased traffic congestion that commonly occur in work zones frequently lead to rear-end car crashes. While car accidents may occur in any work zone, roads with high speed limits are the most common spots for fatalities.
There are several ways a driver may reduce the chances of getting into an accident in a work zone, according to the Connecticut Department of Transportation. The DOT recommends obeying reduced speed limit signs in work zones, because speeding is one of the most common causes of car accidents. Maintaining a safe distance from other vehicles and traffic-control crew members is another way to reduce the chance of a crash. Most construction areas have warning signs to prepare drivers for reduced speeds and lane-control measures. Roadways under construction are often safer when drivers prepare for work zone conditions as soon as they see warning signs and safely merge as soon as possible to maintain the flow of traffic.