Nobody really thinks about this, but with the summer coming up, we thought an article on avoiding work zone collisions might be in order. When you hear the phrase ‘highway work zone safety,’ images come to mind? Orange cones, flashing lights, and barriers might be part of what comes to mind. Or maybe you imagine construction flaggers, one-lane traffic, and ‘reduced speed’ signs. According to the Federal Highway Commission, work zone collisions are also a big part of the equation. Over a thousand people die in work zone collisions each year. Forty thousand become injured in these same kinds of accidents.
Many people assume that work zone laws are put in place to keep construction workers safe. Or that the road crew workers are the only ones who die in accidents. However, statistics show a majority of work zone fatalities are actually drivers. Following work zone safety tips can increase safety for everyone and help reduce the number of work zone collisions on both sides of the barrel.