Construction Zone Safety Facts
Common Types and Causes of Work Zone Truck Accidents
Construction zones are one of the most common areas for trucking accidents. According to the US Department of Transportation Federal Highway Safety Administration (FHWA), nearly 30 percent of all work zone crashes involve large trucks. The majority of large truck accidents at work zones occur during the weekday and have resulted in tens of thousands of injuries over the past five years. Some of the most common types of work zone collisions are:
*According to the FHWA No-Zone collisions are ones that occur along the “sides, front and rear of trucks where the driver cannot see.”
It is imperative that large truck drivers and others are vigilant when it comes to construction zone safety. Large trucks are unable to stop as fast as cars. For an 80,000 lbs, loaded tractor-trailer traveling at 65 mph they would need an additional 66% total stopping distance compared to a mid-size passenger car on normal driving conditions. Factor into that merging traffic, uneven lanes, and other obstacles present in a work zone, and you have the potential for disaster.
Work Zone Truck Accidents: What to do First
If you are involved in a work zone truck accident, you need to act fast to preserve your rights. A truck driver and/or their company may be held liable if they contributed to your accident and injuries. Too often truck drivers are on a tight schedule, they may be fatigued or distracted. Work zones present added dangers for other drivers since there is often a lot happening at once. Trucks may be merging in and out of the area, lanes may be narrowed to accommodate the construction, traffic may have to come to a sudden stop. If a large truck driver is not paying attention or driving safely, they could cause irreparable damage. Large trucks take nearly double the amount of stopping distance compared to an average car. If a tractor-trailer rear-ends a passenger vehicle, at even a low rate of speed, the results could be catastrophic. According to the FWHA, the number of work zone crashes involving large trucks has been increasing as well as the number of fatalities related to those accidents.
If you are injured as the result of a negligent driver, you may be entitled to compensation. The most important thing is to seek medical treatment for your injuries. It is crucial that if you were injured in a truck accident, you also consult a knowledgeable attorney who can help you hold the wrongful parties accountable.