Caution Road Work Ahead in Virginia
With the roads in Virginia overdue for lots of construction and repair, the likelihood is that any ride to work or drive around the area is going to involve places where highway or road construction is going on.
When you see the “work zone” signs in orange you need to slow down. These construction areas are dangerous for a lot of different reasons including the following:
- There can be construction vehicles moving slowly and trying to turn off of a 55‑mile-an-hour highway onto their work site.
- There can be construction workers very close to the travel lanes putting out cones or otherwise doing their job very close to harm’s way
- The shoulders and other safe zones to pull off are reduced when travel lanes are closed in order to allow for construction
- Often there is a change in the way the flow of traffic works including zigzags and curves that didn’t use to be on the road prior to the designation as a work
- There can be other vehicles which are going exceptionally slow as a result of their confusion or perhaps excessive caution in dealing with the restricted lanes and new traffic
All of these factors make road construction areas places where car wrecks particularly with injuries of fatalities more likely to happen. To protect yourself you need to be especially alert and try to give space to not only other vehicles but particularly to the construction company and the DOT employees who are working the site. These workers despite wearing orange vests and other methods to try to protect themselves are often the victims of horrendous accidents involving drivers not paying sufficient attention to the road and plowing through a highway work area as if there was nothing different going on or anything to worry about.
The safe practice is to try to move over a lane so that you have an extra lane between you and the construction going on so that if something happened unexpectedly you would have more room to maneuver. This keeping an extra lane for additional safety is true also when you see a police officer pulling someone over on the roadway for a speeding ticket. Likewise any time you see a disabled vehicle or something stuck in the shoulder like a tractor trailer that has pulled off for some emergency you want to keep that extra lane of safety between you and them by moving over one lane.
If you have been injured in a work zone, you should call our Virginia car accident injury lawyers for a free consultation at 757.455.0077 or see CooperHurley.com