As Texas continues to expand and remain a major through-fare state for the transportation of goods across the country, our roadways often need improvements, maintenance, and repairs. Construction workers are often found on and along Texas roads and highways working on modifications and upgrades designed to improve the flow of traffic; and, since their work is located where vehicles drive, they are at a high risk of becoming a victim in a motor vehicle accident, including construction zone car accidents.
In fact, there are 15,000 crashes in highway construction zones across Texas each year. One such incident occurred when a local driver hit a construction worker with his vehicle and was later identified and apprehended. Police say the worker was walking in the area of Marsha Sharp Freeway and Upland Avenue when he was hit by a motor vehicle and taken to a hospital with serious injuries. The offending driver faces multiple criminal charges, including failing to stop and render aid after the auto pedestrian accident.
As construction continues across the state, drivers need to take better care to protect our workers and prevent roadway accidents. In fact, you might have noticed more and more construction in Lubbock. While the Lubbock community can certainly appreciate newer and safer roads, the construction zones cannot be ignored. Of course, the constant work and slower traffic creates frustrations; but beyond that, the amount of construction also creates increased risks for drivers and construction workers. In order to keep our city and its drivers safe, we ask that you keep the following safety tips in mind while driving near construction zones.
Safety Tips for Driving in Construction Zones
- Slow down and stay alert: Look for the diamond shaped signs letting you know a construction zone is ahead, slow down, and proceed with caution. Look for posted speed limit changes and other roadway changes like lane closures, detours, cones, and more. Follow all safety signs within the work zone as you drive through.
- Look for the flagger: The flagger has the same authority as an official street sign when in a construction zone. Keep an eye out for the flagger and follow whatever directions they give you.
- Expect the unexpected: Even though you might be aware of construction workers that are present or slower speed zones when driving through roadway construction, the same can’t be said for all drivers. Be hyperaware of your surroundings for both your safety and that of everyone else on or near the roadway.
- Take 10 to change lanes: Keep the “Take 10” technique in mind when there are “closed lane ahead” signs or indicators. This involves turning on your turn signal light three seconds before starting a lane change and taking about seven seconds to completely change lanes. This will ensure a safer and more efficient flow of traffic in construction zones.
- Drive defensively: While this applies to all drivers on the road whether they are in an area of construction or not, this is especially important around roadway work zones. Rear-end collisions are some of the most common crashes in work zones. Keep a safe distance between your vehicle and other cars, construction machines, and of course construction workers.
Causes of Car Accidents Due to Construction
Some motorists just don’t drive responsibly when approaching roadside construction. Some of the most common causes of car accidents due to construction include driver inattention or distracted driving, speeding, decreased visibility, and dangerous equipment on or near the road. In addition, changes like the reduction in lanes or lane size along with detours can confuse drivers who are used to taking the same route day after day, leading to increased collisions. As night falls or inclement weather rolls in, poor lighting and inadequate signage can also contribute to roadway dangers.
Steps To Take After Construction Zone Car Accidents
After being involved in a motor vehicle collision in a construction zone, stay calm and take the following post-accident steps:
- Call the police to report the car crash
- Seek medical treatment
- Talk to witnesses and gather evidence
- Notify your insurance carrier
- Call a Texas personal injury attorney
Lubbock Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyers
Nearly 1,000 people are killed in construction zone car accidents across the U.S. every year and thousands more suffer serious injuries. Our firm has been helping car accident injury victims in Texas for more than 20 years. We know an injury from a car wreck can affect victims and their families physically, emotionally, and financially. Liggett Law Group will take your claims seriously from the start to build a strong case to help you recover the highest amount of compensation possible.
When you work with our law firm, we work on a contingency fee basis. That means you owe us nothing unless we recover financial compensation for you. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced car accident lawyers. We’ll review the details of your situation, go over your options, and answer any questions you have.