Construction Accidents on the Road: What are the Consequences
Road and highway construction requires extreme caution from motorists and workers alike. Whether abruptly changing lanes, merging with other traffic, or weaving through narrow and often confusingly marked segments of paved and unpaved road, construction zones provide unique challenges to drivers and the vulnerable men and women who work in those areas.
While the construction workers are at constant risk of being involved in an accident at work, most people might be surprised to learn that in Texas, drivers in construction zones make up around 82% of deaths in those areas.
How can you help reduce your risk?
Anytime there is a roadwork zone, there will always be a risk to motorists and workers. However, there are a few steps you can take to minimize the likelihood that you’ll be involved in an accident while driving through a construction area.
- Slow down and adhere to the speed limit in construction areas. Not only are you subject to higher ticket fines in these areas, but also speeding is one of the biggest contributors to injury and death in a construction zone.
- Stay calm. Roadwork can be unexpected and can test the patience of any driver, but being a few minutes late to work or an appointment is seldom a matter of life and death. Getting involved in an accident in a work zone because you are angry or frantic can be a matter of life and death.
What to do if I’m injured in a work zone?
Recruit a Houston construction accident attorney to help you through this confusing, stressful time.
According to Texas law, even if you were behind the wheel, you are not automatically assumed to be at fault in an accident. A Houston personal injury attorney can go over the specifics of your individual case and discuss your options with you.
A Houston car accident attorney may even be able to get you the settlement and compensation you deserve without the stress and hassle of going to trial. If you or a loved one has experienced an injury in a construction zone, contact the law office of D’Ann Hinkle to discuss your case.