Due to the warmer temperatures and longer days, construction crews often tend to complete road work during the summer months. Speed limits in work zones are typically 45 miles per hour, yet many drivers fail to obey these posted signs. Unfortunately, this can have devastating consequences when a worker is hit by driver who is speeding. The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration is urging drivers to slow down and drive carefully when approaching a work zone.
This summer marks the largest construction season to date in Maryland. Unfortunately, the number of work zone wrecks has also increased. In fact, there were three serious work zone accidents in one night, in late June of this year. According to SHA Administrator Gregory Slater, it is not just the workers who are at risk of being fatally injured. In four out of five work zone crashes, the victims are the driver or the vehicle passenger. For their own safety, and the safety of the workers, drivers must be vigilant about reducing their speed and using extra caution when driving through a work zone.
Work Zone Accidents in Maryland
Every year, over 700 people lose their lives in work zone accidents across the country. In Maryland alone, six people suffered fatalities in 2016 as a result of work zone crashes. In addition to the reduced speed limit, motorists are not allowed to pass other vehicles along a double yellow line or on the shoulder of the road. They are prohibited from stopping along the shoulder in a work zone due to obvious safety concerns.
Robert Rager, District Community Liaison for the SHA, commented that drivers often become blind to posted safety warnings over time. The SHA requested additional police presence in order to help workers with visibility. Rager also recommends that travelers use alternate routes when approaching work zones. If that is not an option, travelers should plan for extra travel time when they know they will be driving through work zones. Another way to avoid delays is to travel at night, if at all possible. Fewer people are on the roads during this time, so you can expect fewer delays. Regardless of when you travel, or which route you take, it is important to stay alert and slow down when driving through a work zone. Not only does this help prevent workers from being tragically injured, but it also keeps you and anyone in your vehicle safe.
Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Seek Justice for Victims of Work Zone Accidents
If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident that occurred in a work zone, you are urged to contact the Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton at your earliest convenience. Our experienced team is committed to protecting your legal rights and obtaining the maximum financial compensation you deserve for your injuries. Protecting your best interests is our top priority. To schedule a free, confidential consultation with one of our dedicated personal injury lawyers, do not hesitate to call us at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
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