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Accidents are Common in Road Construction Zones

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Road construction is necessary to improve, maintain, and repair highways and roadways. However, these work zones can cause dangerous conditions for drivers. Road work zones commonly slow or stop the flow of traffic, have narrow lanes, require cars to merge or change lanes, have bumps or uneven pavement, and other hazards that may lead to accidents. Because of the potential for collisions, most states have increased penalties for violating traffic laws in construction zones. [1] For example, Wisconsin doubles the fine for various traffic offenses when workers are present in a construction zone. Illinois increases the penalties for speeding tickets even when workers are not present. For a first offense, a driver will face a $375 fine and, for any repeat offenses, a $1000 fine. In addition to criminal penalties, drivers who are negligent and cause accidents in road work zones can be held liable for the injuries they cause.

Collisions caused by motorists

Motorists can cause accidents in work zones in many ways, including:

  • Speeding
  • Improper passing
  • Failure to obey signs or construction workers directing traffic
  • Distracted driving
  • Impaired driving

In many tragic situations, a negligent driver will hit a construction worker who is on the road, which often can be fatal. If this occurs, the driver should be held fully accountable for the wrongful death [2] of the victim.

Collisions caused by construction crews

Drivers are not always at fault for work zone accidents, however, as construction crews can also be negligent and lead to accidents. Some examples of negligent acts by workers can include:

  • Leaving objects, tools, vehicles, or other equipment in the roadway
  • Not properly warning drivers of an upcoming work zone
  • Not properly directing traffic if needed
  • Not warning of potential dangers such as uneven lanes
  • Dropping materials onto traffic

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1http://www.ghsa.org/html/stateinfo/laws/sanctions_laws.html

2http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=2059&ChapterID=57