As construction season begins in Pennsylvania, new road hazards pop up overnight. Drivers must follow lower speed limits and keep an eye out for workers and moving equipment. Many motorists practice these precautions. Yet, others speed through work zones and increase the risk of crashes. And other collisions happen through no fault of the driver’s own.
Crunching the numbers
In 2018, over 128,000 motor vehicle accidents occurred in Pennsylvania. Of these, 1,659 were work zone crashes, which caused 1,110 injuries and 23 fatalities. Of these fatalities, three were workers. While some work zone accidents happened on local roads, 85% occurred on state or interstate highways. The total number of work zone accidents has decreased over the past five years. But the number of fatalities caused by these accidents has remained relatively during the same period.
Considering the causes
Speed is a common factor in work zone collisions, and it’s imperative that drivers observe posted limits in these dangerous areas. When lanes are narrow or pavement is uneven, slowing down can decrease the odds of a crash. Yet, many car accidents in construction areas happen due to improper markings or equipment use. Fallen cones or poorly placed barriers could cause motorists to encounter a patch of road that makes them lose control. And drivers may have to avoid workers or construction vehicles that move into the roadway without warning.
Construction is a crucial aspect of keeping Pennsylvania’s roads safe. But it can present dangers to motorists when it’s happening. If you suffered injuries in a work zone car crash, a personal injury lawyer can help you navigate the road forward.