Drivers Urged to be Cautious Around Work Zones
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As part of National Work Zone Awareness Week, the Arizona Department of Transportation is urging drivers to avoid distractions and slow down near work zones.
Highway workers have one of the most dangerous jobs in the country with more than 500 people killed in work-zone related accidents in 2013. Each year, the National Highway Administration (NWHA) dedicates a week to raising awareness about driving safely through work zones.
Drivers should consider the following tips when navigating through a work zone:
- Pay attention to road closures and detours
- Watch for posted signs
- Slow down and always give workers plenty of space
- Keep a safe distance behind other vehicles
- Obey road crew flaggers
- Stay alert and avoid distractions
- Check road conditions before you travel
In 2013, 17 people were killed in Arizona work zone crashes; this was a 58 percent increase when compared to 2012.
The theme of this years campaign is Expect the Unexpected, which is important for both drivers and highway workers. Drivers should be cautious of sudden changes in traffic shifts as well as workers and construction vehicles coming in and out of the area. Workers should be cautious of drivers who may be driving negligently or while distracted.
If you have been injured in a construction zone collision or lost a family member to this type of collision, we can help you determine what your legal options are.
At Phillips Law Group, our experienced Phoenix personal injury attorneys are dedicated to fighting for the rights of those who have been injured as a result of another individuals negligence.
For a free case review, call 1-800-706-3000 or fill out a Free Case Evaluation form.
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