Slow for Cone Zone: Facts and Stats Related to Construction Zone Car Accidents
We see and hear the TV ads, radio ads and roadway signs, instructing motorists to slow down in construction zones along the roadways. Sadly, many drivers don’t heed the warnings. Traffic accidents in construction zones accounted for 1.6% of the total car accidents in 2010. While this may seem like a small percentage of accidents, this accounts for nearly 88,000 accidents a year. Most crashes of this type result in property damage only, with fatalities rare. When compared to other states, California has a relatively high number of fatalities. Based on 2013 data, Texas and Florida had 104 and 69, respectively, with California ranking third with 51 deaths caused by car accidents in construction zones. In 2010, only 0.6% of accidents were fatal. Speed was a huge factor in a majority of these deaths, with close to 60% of them caused by speeds in excess of 55 mph.
There were three types of crashes studied: rear-end, side swipe and fixed objects. There was also an “Other” category for crashes not fitting into any of these categories. Based on 2010 data, rear-end crashes were the most common type of crash. Most accidents happened during the day, between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. In fact, most accidents occurred when construction workers were actively working, and there were no lane closures.
Many would think that the lack of daylight at nighttime would have a significant impact upon the number of crashes, but in fact, the opposite is true. This could be due to the fact that there is simply more traffic during the day than at night. With the fact that rear-end crashes are very common; drivers need to pay more attention when driving. They should focus on the car in front of them, and leave more space between them so they are not tailgating. This is especially important in construction zones, where motorists to slow down and “rubberneck,” to see what’s going on.
If you were involved in a construction zone crash caused by another driver’s negligence, you may be able to seek compensation for your damages. Back, neck and spinal cord injuries, broken bones, facial trauma, paralysis and even brain damage can result from a serious accident. These injuries may require costly long-term care and have sufficient financial resources makes all the difference. Call Nadrich & Cohen, LLP if you or a loved one were in a vehicle accident. We will provide a free consultation. We also never collect a fee for our services, unless a recovery is made. Call today.