Road construction is a necessary evil. Without it, we would destroy our cars by constantly running over potholes or having to dodge debris and other hazards. As important as road construction is, it can still be dangerous to the workers in the construction zones, drivers, and pedestrians. In order for road construction sites to be safe, everyone must get on the same page. However, road construction can lead to life-altering accidents. The Law Offices of James C. DeZao, P.A. discusses how you can avoid road construction accidents and what to do if you’ve been involved in one.
Distractions are a leading cause of motor vehicle accidents and road fatalities across the country today. In order to avoid being in a construction zone accident, you need to slow your speed, be aware of your surroundings, and avoid distractions. Do not use your mobile phone while driving, limit time spent changing the channel on the radio, and limit discussions with passengers in your vehicle.
Follow Orders of Flaggers
The majority of construction sites in New Jersey will have flaggers operating to protect the workers inside the zone and to regulate the flow of traffic. Be sure to look for flaggers and follow their orders. If the flagger tells you to stop, stop your vehicle completely and at least 15 feet from their location. Do not disobey the orders of a flagger. They are directing traffic, therefore disobeying orders could lead to serious construction zone accidents.
The weather plays a major factor in work zone accidents all throughout New Jersey. Rain, wind, fog, ice, and other inclement weather can lead to construction zone accidents. It’s nearly impossible for you to avoid driving in inclement weather, especially if the weather pops up while you are already traveling. However, you can reduce your speed and even pull off the road to a safe location until the weather clears if you want to avoid an accident.
Steps to Take if Injured in a Construction Zone Accident
If you have already been injured in a construction zone accident, you need to protect your rights immediately. For instance, take pictures of the scene, your vehicle, your injuries, and anything else you think an attorney can use to build a case for you. Make sure you are medically evaluated in the moments after the accident and then call an experienced personal injury attorney. The sooner you consult with an attorney, the sooner your case can be built in your favor for the recovery of compensation. Never speak to an insurance agent or adjuster before you talk to an attorney.
Injured in a Road Construction Accident? Call a Personal Injury Attorney Today
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident within a road construction zone, it is imperative that you speak with an experienced and trusted personal injury attorney as soon as possible. The Law Offices of James C. DeZao, P.A. will be able to investigate highway construction accidents; interview witnesses; collect evidence; and help you receive compensation for your injuries. Call our office at (973) 358-6134 today to schedule a consultation.