3 Ways To Stay Safe in Highway Construction Zones

by | April 28th, 2014

Traffic accidents can happen anywhere, but one of the most likely places for a serious collision is in highway construction zones. In fact, the New York Department of Transportation (NYDOT) reports there were 406 construction zone crashes last year, which resulted in four fatalities and 259 New York car accident injuries.

These statistics leave many citizens wondering what the state is doing to protect motorists and construction workers from the dangers of these collisions. In 2005, state legislators passed the Work Zone Safety Act that states fines for speeding in work zones are doubled. Furthermore, the law mandates that anyone who receives two speeding tickets in a work zone will have their license suspended.

The NYDOT is also offering several safety tips to help prevent work zone crashes this spring and summer as highway construction projects begin to break ground across the state. Some of these tips include:

  • Slow Down- Doing so will allow a driver more reaction time to maneuver in the event of an emergency.
  • Drive Defensively- This means expecting the unexpected and allowing other motorists plenty of space.
  • Obey Signage- Flaggers in construction zones have the same authority as a marked sign and all directions they give should be followed. It is also important to read all signage in construction zones.

The Buffalo personal injury lawyers with William Mattar Law Offices are hopeful these tips help keep you and your loved ones safe on the road!