The summer season means roadwork. It also means increased risks of car accidents. Drivers are asked to be careful when traveling through roadside work zones. In 2010, there were nearly 600 people killed in traffic-related work zone accidents, according to The National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse. During the same time, there were nearly 10 people killed in these same accidents in North Carolina. South Carolina was a little bit safer, only witnessing one fatality in 2010.
Our Asheville injury attorneys understand that we’ve all got things to do, people to see and places to go. We’ve got to drive to get these things done and most of us are on a schedule. That’s why we’re asking you to pay a little more attention to road work throughout the state during your travels. If you know your trip will be taking you through road construction, either plan a different route and try to avoid it altogether or leave early to allow yourself more time to get where you need to be.
Luckily, the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has a Work Zone Safety Program that works to help to reduce these kind of accidents and to cut down on the number of work zone fatalities. It does this by helping to raise not only awareness but also education among travelers in the state. There are a number of activities and initiatives that are conducted throughout that state to do just that. The program has already been able to create, produce and distribute educational videos to target drivers of all ages as well as those in the professional trucking industry. The theme for this entire campaign is “Drive Smart. Do Your Part.”
Safe Driving Tips for Work Zones:
-Always stay alert. Make sure your full attention is on the road and your surroundings.
-Pay close attention. Make sure you recognize all signs and flaggers in these areas.
-Drive with your lights on. Always have your headlights on to help roadside workers and other drivers to see your vehicle better.
-Avoid tailgating. Most accidents in road work zones are rear-end accidents.
-Slow down. Be aware of the posted speed limits in and around road work zones.
-Keep up with the traffic flow.
-Avoid changing lanes in a work zone. Do this before you enter or once you leave the work zone.
-Keep distractions away. Always keep eye on the task at hand — driving — and off of distractions.
-Stay patient. Work zone crew members are working to make roadways safer for you. Help to make their job safe and be cautious when driving through work zones.
Remember that construction work is oftentimes in close quarters with passing motorists. This work can also be extremely distracting. Stay alert, be patient and remember that the inconvenience is only temporary.
If you or a family member has been injured or killed in an accident in Asheville or in any of the surrounding areas, contact the injury lawyers at Lee Law Offices P.A. to set up a free appointment to discuss your rights. Call 1-800-887-1965.
More Blog Entries:
Teens Beware of Drowsy Driving Risks this Summer, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyer Blog, July 28, 2012
Funds Distributed Statewide to Reduce Risks of Bicycle and Pedestrian Accidents, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyer Blog, July 13, 2012