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6 Tips for Avoiding Car Accidents by Driving Safely in a Work Zone

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driving safely, Waukegan personal injury lawyer, motor vehicle safety, Waukegan car accident, work zoneEveryone deserves to stay safe when they are using the road, and that includes both drivers and people working in construction zones. There are over 4,800 car accidents in work zones every year in Illinois, and road construction workers are especially vulnerable in car crashes, since they do not have protection against large, fast-moving vehicles.

One small mistake by a driver can result in a serious crash and major injuries to everyone involved. The consequences of hitting a construction worker are severe; doing so may result in up to $10,000 in fines and 14 years in prison.

In order to provide a safe environment for everyone on the road, drivers should follow these tips when driving in construction zones:

  • Be aware of conditions - Drivers should always pay close attention to the traffic patterns and roadway conditions in a work zone. The lanes may be more narrow than usual, the pavement may be uneven, and parts of the road may be closed from traffic. The state of roadway construction or repairs can change from day to day, so drivers should be ready for the unexpected.
  • Obey work zone speed limits - Speed limits are reduced in construction zones, and these limits are often photo enforced. The minimum fine for speeding in these areas is $375 for a first offense, and $1,000 for a second offense. Be sure to always follow posted speed limits.
  • Give other cars room - Drivers may need to slow down suddenly in a work zone, and tailgating can result in a rear-end collision. Following at a safe distance and giving other cars room to change lanes or merge will reduce the chances of an accident occurring.
  • Obey signs and flaggers - Signs posted in a construction zone will help drivers move through the area safely. Drivers should always follow the directions of these signs until they reach a sign marking the end of the work zone, and they should obey the instructions of flaggers, treating their signs with the same authority as other roadway signs.
  • Move over for emergency vehicles - Drivers are required to slow down and change lanes, if possible, to move away from emergency vehicles or construction equipment with flashing lights.
  • Avoid distracted driving - Paying close attention to the road is especially important in construction zones. Always avoid distractions such as using a cell phone or adjusting the radio or environmental controls while driving.

Contact a Lake County Car Accident Attorney

If you have been injured in a car accident that took place in a work zone, the experienced attorneys of Salvi & Maher, L.L.C. can help you receive compensation for the damages you have suffered. Contact a Waukegan personal injury lawyer at 847-662-330 to schedule a free initial consultation.

Sources:

https://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/publications/pdf_publications/dsd_a270.pdf

https://www.illinoistollway.com/projects/work-zone-safety

http://www.idot.illinois.gov/assets/uploads/files/travel-information/pamphlets-&-brochures/workzone%20il%20fact%20sheet.pdf

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