When you’re the victim of a car accident, one of the first questions you’re likely to ask is ‘what happened’? There are probably certain roads you drive or intersections you pass through which you know can be dangerous. So you’re more cautious in those areas. But work zones are places too many drivers fail to give enough respect, and that can be deadly for you.
Too many distractions?
According to the National Safety Council, in 2019 alone, 842 people were killed in auto accidents around work zones. Florida alone accounted for 136 of those deaths. The areas involved were construction zones, maintenance zones, utilities zones and others – if work is being done, there’s a heightened danger.
Although more than half of those killed in work zones were drivers of vehicles, they were not alone. Nearly 300 of those who died were either passengers or pedestrians and even bicyclists were not immune to the threat.
All drivers owe everyone around them a duty to drive with a reasonable amount of care. But some of them seem to struggle when they get around the activity of a work zone. The work itself can provide a distraction for drivers who allow their focus to waver. Loud noises can make it more difficult to hear what’s going on around the vehicle. And the work can require that vehicles are rerouted into areas with drivers are unfamiliar.
When you’re the victim of a motor vehicle accident and suffer injuries, you have a right to be made whole. A personal injury lawsuit is a powerful tool at your disposal, allowing you to receive the compensation to which you’re entitled and to hold the negligent party accountable.