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Works Zone Related Hazards That Every Driver Should Know About

December 6, 2014 Hastings and Hastings

Works Zone Related Hazards That Every Driver Should Know About

Work zones or construction zones over the years have been responsible for a considerable number of automobile accidents, injuries and fatalities. With that said, knowing in advance what to expect with regard to work zones can greatly reduce the incidence of automobile related accidents in these unique areas. For example, drivers should expect poor road conditions or unexpected changes in the pavement when operating in a construction zone.

Positioned In The Wrong Location

Slowing down and being cautious and more aware is always a smart way to handle operating a vehicle in a construction zone. Another common occurrence that has caused accidents and serious injuries over the years is when a sign or cone has been positioned in the wrong location or simply misplaced. This can cause a driver to misjudge a construction zone and drive into a hazardous condition. In addition, construction zones that are poorly illuminated at night have been known to cause serious accidents over the years.

Poorly Placed Barrels Or Barriers And Poor Lighting

Any time a driver travels into a construction zone that is poorly illuminated they should slow down, exercise extreme caution or look for an alternate route. A poorly lighted construction zone is a sure way to end up in a serious accident that results in injury or even loss of life. Poorly placed barrels or barriers and poor lighting can all contribute to a very dangerous and hazardous driving environment. Other common hazards associated with work zones include exposure to heavy equipment and machinery that can cause flying debris and other dangers.

Improper Signage

Finally, a construction zone or work zone can be a confusing environment that can overwhelm a driver. When this happens, a driver can make poor judgment decisions that may result in an accident. Slowing down and taking all necessary precautions when entering a construction zone can keep drivers and workers safe. From poor road design to improper signage and even human error, the possibilities are endless when it comes contributing factors that can cause an accident in a work zone. Those who have been involved in an accident that was no fault of their own in a work zone or construction zone should seek out legal representation as soon as possible. Contact Hastings and Hastings today for a dedicated personal injury lawyer in Phoenix Arizona.