Despite significant efforts made by the highway industry and various government
agencies, the number of work zone accidents increases each year. In fact,
Texas consistently ranks as one of the top states for the highest number
of annual construction zone fatalities.
People commonly injured in work zone accidents include:
- Car and truck drivers
- Construction workers
By its nature, a construction zone area is extremely dangerous. Unfortunately,
it’s not unusual for companies to cut safety corners in the name
of production, consequently exacerbating preexisting safety issues. This
is particularly dangerous since most construction work is completed at
night and in poor weather.
However, the negligence of the workers or the construction company may
not be entirely responsible for a passerby’s injuries. You may be
able to evade a work zone injury by avoiding these 3 behaviors that often
contribute to accidents.
Behavior #1: Being Distracted & Ignoring the Warning Signs
Accidents can easily occur when motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians
are distracted. In fact, distracted driving alone is a leading cause of
car collisions nationwide. Oftentimes, construction zone accidents occur
because people aren’t paying attention to warning signs or are distracted
by internal and external factors.
Distracted behaviors can lead to injuries caused by:
- Last-minute lane changes
- Speed adjustments
- Slip and falls
- Bicycle crashes
Behavior #2: Experiencing Driver Anxiety
Humans are creatures of habit who rarely appreciate change. The bustle
of a construction zone may inspire stress and anxiety that leads to poor
reactions and road rage. Even if you’re inconvenienced by traffic
or the work zone itself, it’s important to keep a rational head
if you want to avoid an accident injury.
Behavior #3: Rubbernecking
As much as people hate change, they are also fascinated by it. When workers
complete their job duties, an audience naturally develops as people slow
down or stop to watch the action. This can lead to accidents when other
drivers, bicyclists, or pedestrians aren’t paying attention or are
unprepared for the sudden decrease in speed.
Schedule a Consultation
At The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC, we represent clients who have been injured
in work zone accidents. If you require legal guidance or representation,
Austin work zone accident attorneys to schedule a consultation. If you’re an injured construction worker,
we can also assist you with the workers’ compensation process.
Call The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC at (512) 271-5112 to schedule a consultation.