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Preventing Construction Zone Crashes

Did you know that last week was National Work Zone Awareness Week? This year’s campaign, “Don’t Barrel Through Work Zones,” aimed to remind motorists that safer driving means safer work zones and less risk of a serious San Diego car accident.

In 2010, 576 workers and motorists were killed in highway work zones and more than 37,000 were injured. Approximately 85 percent of those killed in work zones are drivers and their passengers. The good news is that work zone fatalities fell each year between 2002 and 2009 and dropped by more than 7 percent from 720 in 2008 to 667 in 2009. Overall, work zone fatalities and injuries have fallen by 35 percent since 2000.

Given that more than four out of every five victims in a work zone crash are drivers or passengers, it is particularly important for drivers to remain alert while driving through these zones. Below are several important tips:

  • Watch your speed. Obey posted speed limits.
  • Expect the unexpected. Work zone conditions change constantly; therefore, you should be ready to react.
  • Minimize distractions. Avoid using mobile phones, changing radio stations, and reaching for objects.
  • Pay close attention. Obey work zone signs and watch for workers, pedestrians, and bicyclists.
  • Drive courteously. Merge with caution, don’t tailgate, and don’t change lanes in a work zone.
  • Respect the flagger. Obey the flagger’s directions.

If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a car accident, don’t hesitate to contact a San Diego personal injury attorney at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage for a free consultation.