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Navigating Roadwork: A Guide to Steering Clear of Construction Zone Accidents

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Posted on April 1, 2024

Like most of us, you may get behind the wheel every day expecting to arrive at your destination in a typical, smooth fashion– no major traffic or anything out of the ordinary.  But what happens when your journey encounters an unexpected obstacle? Enter the world of roadwork and construction – a labyrinth of cones, barriers, and caution signs that can turn your drive into a detour of danger if you’re not careful.  

Our attorneys at Grungo Law see firsthand the devastation caused by construction zone accidents. According to the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), roadwork and construction zones are hotspots for accidents, with statistics revealing a concerning trend. In 2022 alone, there were over 2,500 crashes in work zones across the state, resulting in numerous injuries and fatalities. These numbers aren’t just statistics; they’re stark reminders of the very real risks that lurk within construction zones.  

Safety Tips You Need to Know 

So, what exactly makes roadwork zones such perilous places? First and foremost there is reduced space and altered traffic patterns. When lanes are narrowed, shoulders disappear, and detours are introduced, you need to proceed slowly and with extra caution. Add heavy machinery and construction vehicles into the mix, and you’ve got a recipe for potential disaster. Construction zones are also notorious for sudden stops and unexpected obstacles– from workers crossing the road to equipment protruding onto the roadway. 

So how can you navigate these construction zones safely? 

  1. Stay Alert: Keep your eyes on the road and your wits about you. Pay attention to signs, signals, and flaggers directing traffic. 
  1. Obey Speed Limits: Construction zones often come with reduced speed limits for a reason. Slow down and give yourself ample time to react to changing road conditions. 
  1. Maintain a Safe Following Distance: Keep a safe distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you. This extra space can be a lifesaver in case of sudden stops or emergencies. 

Speak to a Cherry Hill accident attorney today to answer any of your accident-related questions!

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