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Work zone accidents are common and dangerous

Construction and work zone accidents are increasingly common and can result in serious injury.
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    January 03, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- In warm-weather states like Arizona, it can seem like road construction goes on forever. In fact, where it stays relatively mild year-round, construction crews may not need to stop construction during the winter. While this can result in many roadways being improved at a faster rate, it can also create hazardous driving conditions. Even for those who are paying attention, it can be confusing and nerve-wracking to drive through a work zone.

Increased fines and penalties for driving unsafely through work zones

In most states, the laws against reckless driving in work zones are especially severe, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association. The penalties for speeding and breaking other traffic laws in work zones in Arizona include steep double fines. This is not only to protect people in the other vehicles sharing the road, but flaggers and other people who are working on the roads. Additionally, criminal charges can be placed on drivers who caused injury or death in a work zone.

The Daily Courier reported on the incident of a woman last summer who crashed her pickup truck in a work zone in Prescott. According to police, the woman had a blood alcohol content of nearly three times the legal limit when she hit four other vehicles in the construction zone. Fortunately, workers avoided being hit, but two other drivers received minor injuries.

Common work zone accidents

The Federal Highway Administration says that rear-end crashes are one of the most common types of accidents in work zones. It's also common to hit traffic cones, barrels or signs. Drivers should take the following precautions to avoid getting into an accident:
- Keep headlights on while driving through a work zone.
- Avoid using cell phones or other distractions, such as playing with the radio.
- Don't tailgate and obey the speed limit.
- Keep an eye out for brake lights and watch for traffic changes.
- Change lanes only when it's safe and legal, and merge into the open lane well before a lane closure.

Since traffic changes can be unexpected, it's crucial for drivers to constantly be aware of their surroundings near a work zone.

Contacting an attorney

Work zone accidents can be especially severe, and result in serious injuries. If you've been injured in a construction zone due to someone else's negligence, you may be entitled to the compensation of your medical expenses and other losses. Contact an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss your options.

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