Staying Safe During the I-4 Road Construction

By: Tom DeLattre

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Mr. Jones (client’s real name withheld) was riding his bicycle to work — as he often did — when he turned a corner and ran directly into the back of a parked truck. This truck was parked in an open lane of traffic, getting ready to start construction on the roadway. At first glance, one could surmise that all blame for this accident lies with Mr. Jones.

I begin with this premise because road construction on Interstate 4 (I-4) has begun. This is a large project, covering more than 20 miles from Kirkman Road to east of State Road 434 in Seminole County. It is very important that all drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists take extra care when navigating their way through any construction zone. Watch your speed, always be prepared to stop and remain vigilant for construction workers and work trucks, which are often entering and exiting construction zones. If you frequent this section of I-4, you can sign up for email alerts and updates on the roadways’ construction at I4ultimate.com.

Because this project is expected to take approximately six years to complete, traffic patterns may change multiple times throughout the roadway construction process. All of these changes should be properly marked in order to safely warn drivers. However, because roadway construction is sometimes not properly marked, accidents within roadway construction zones may occur. These insufficiently-marked construction sites can result in injuries to not only the construction workers but also the traveling public — as was the unfortunate case of our aforementioned Mr. Jones.

If you, a loved one, or a friend have any questions regarding personal injury due to insufficiently marked construction sites, do not hesitate to contact us to speak to an experienced accident lawyer at (407) 841-7699. For additional resources, keep checking our blog, LIKE us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for helpful hints and to always be informed about best practices when it comes to personal injury.

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