Encountering road construction is a common occurrence for most California motorists, but you, like many others, may find that navigating your way through the state’s growing number of work zones can prove difficult and anxiety-inducing. Avoiding work zones entirely is not realistic, however, but learning what causes many of today’s work zone accidents and injuries may help you mitigate your accident risk to some extent.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration, work zone crashes are rising steadily across America, with the number of work zone crashes rising an astounding 43 percent between 2013 and 2015. In 2015, more than 96,000 work zone crashes occurred in the nation’s construction zones, with about 70 construction zone crashes resulting in an injury every day.
Part of the heightened danger associated with traveling through work zones comes from the road construction itself, while other motorists making their way through work zones present additional hazards. Unfamiliar traffic patterns can cause confusion for many motorists, while large trucks, commercial vehicles, construction equipment, and the like can prove hard to see around, presenting additional dangers.
While the increased activity and infrastructure in a work zone can enhance your crash risk, so, too, can negligent drivers who are making their way through these areas. In 2014, for example, alcohol consumption was a factor in a quarter of all fatal work zone crashes, while speed was a factor in nearly 30 percent of them.
This information about the prevalence of work zone crashes in America is educational in nature and does not constitute legal advice.