According to The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, more than 100 highway construction workers are killed at work every year, with thousands more injured in car and truck accidents usually caused by a confused or inattentive motorists. For many drivers, it's easy to forget how dangerous construction zones can be, so Vincent M. Powers & Associates, Lincoln, NE's auto accident attorneys, urge everyone to drive more carefully when workers are present.
Construction work is a dangerous industry, but even more so for those who work to maintain and upgrade America's roads, bridges, and highways. While many drivers are careful to avoid pedestrians on city streets, you may not practice the same level of caution on the highway, which contributes to thousands of easily avoidable accidents when combined with the confusion of equipment, barrels, and closed lanes. Because they happen at high speeds, these accidents often result in major vehicle damage and very serious injuries.
Even if you aren't involved in an accident, you should still exercise extreme caution in construction areas for your own sake. To protect workers, various municipalities add extra penalties for breaking traffic laws when workers are present, such as doubling speeding fines for speeding and reckless driving in construction zones. These penalties can be severe, so you're better off avoiding them in the first place.
If you've been involved in an accident and need high-quality legal advice, visit Vincent M. Powers & Associates online or call (402) 474-8000 to schedule your free legal consultation today.