No one likes driving through a construction zone. You have to slow down, move through diversions and could end up being detoured as well. Between the men and women working on the road and the abrupt changes in lane (and possibly direction), the speed limits in these zones also drop.
Drivers always need to pay attention while they drive, but in construction zones, the circumstances require more diligence and vigilance. Otherwise, accidents could happen.
Safety tips for construction zones
Keeping yourself safe in a construction zone often requires you to adjust your driving style. These safety tips may help you avoid a crash:
- It should be obvious that speeding ranks as the number one cause of accidents in construction zones. Slowing down could save your life and the lives of others sharing the road with you.
- Pay attention to the warning signs, orange cones and road workers with or without flags. They help direct you through the roadwork.
- Construction zones often require you to change directions often. It’s crucial that you pay attention since you may not have much notice, especially in heavy traffic.
- Changing lanes in a work zone could be tricky and could put you in a precarious position. Watch for orange cones, grades in the road and other indications that you should either not change lanes or do so carefully.
- Make sure you pay attention. Distractions could keep you from noticing changes in direction or traffic patterns.
You may find the above tips obvious, but other drivers may either not know or ignore them. This could put you at significant risk. The other obstacle that makes construction zones unique is that you usually have nowhere to go if something goes wrong. A negligent driver could end up causing you serious injuries. Their inattention, speed or other negligent act now costs you in physical and mental suffering, lost income and medical bills — just to start.
Recovering your financial losses may be possible. You may exercise your right to file a personal injury claim against the at-fault driver and seek compensation that could help in your recovery. Understanding the process and the laws involved could further aggravate your situation by causing you undue stress. To increase your chances of success, you may benefit from making use of the legal resources available to you here in San Antonio.