Construction Zone Accidents
March 15th, 2017
Frequency of Construction Zone Accidents
A Victoria man was recently killed and another man was seriously injured in a three-car crash in Bee County. The crash occurred at a construction zone located on Highway 59 and roughly six miles east of Beeville. Two motor vehicles were stopped at a red light in a construction zone when a third motor vehicle collided with them. The resulting damage to the vehicles was particularly severe, with one of the cars shearing off the top of the other, resulting in the death of the driver. The driver of the vehicle that failed to stop was taken to a nearby medical facility with serious injuries. The exact cause of the driver’s failure to stop has not yet been determined.
The Federal Highway Administration reports that from 1982 to 2014, 24,745 motor vehicles drivers died due to collisions in construction zones. Even though the number of deaths has decreased to an average of 591 motorists per year between to 2008 to 2014, this number is still high and represents a serious risk for motor vehicle drivers.
How do Motor Vehicle Accidents Occur in Construction Zones?
There are a number of factors involved in construction zone accidents. Some of the most common elements that are known to cause these accidents include:
- Failure to Follow Posted Speed Limits: Construction zones often post lower speed limits than would otherwise exist. Motor vehicle drivers who fail to notice these changes in the speed limit have been known to cause serious accidents.
- Failure to Pay Attention: Drivers in construction zones may fail to pay attention to the unique road conditions around them because they are distracted. They may be texting, eating food, or changing the station on the radio. Motor vehicle operators must remember to be particularly cautious in construction zones because they may need to change lanes or avoid road debris.
- Lanes Become Too Narrow for Driver: Some construction zones attempt to keep multiple lanes of traffic open but make these lanes much more narrow. Motor vehicle operators that do not account for particularly narrow lanes can collide with other adjacent vehicles.
- Poor Road Conditions: Oftentimes, motor vehicle drivers in construction zones find that the road’s top asphalt layer has been removed in preparation for laying a new one. To minimize the danger created by uneven pavement, road construction companies must post signs regarding the condition of the roads. When companies fail to post these signs, serious accidents can occur.
- Sudden Shifts in Traffic: Some motor vehicle drivers fail to follow warnings regarding approaching construction zones in the road. Motor vehicle drivers who find that lanes suddenly disappear are sometimes forced to either slam on their brakes or merge into another lane of traffic too quickly, which can increase the risk of an accident occurring.
- Detours: Some construction zones force motor vehicle drivers to take alternate paths or detours. Drivers who are not familiar with the new path are at risk of motor vehicle accidents.
Construction Zone Accident Attorneys
If you have been injured in a construction zone accident, it is important that you promptly hire an attorney who handles construction zone accident cases. There can be many contractors and subcontractors involved in a construction project. The sooner an attorney can start investigating, the more likely he is to uncover the evidence of which company is at fault before the evidence disappears. Call SImmons and Fletcher, P.C. for a free consultation.