Is Your Roadway Construction Zone Safe?

By: Admin

Construction Zones

In Florida, roadway construction zones are about as common as afternoon thunderstorms and humidity at levels known to frizz hair and turn the air soupy and warm. The fact of the matter is, our state is in a constant state of growth — something fantastic for the economy but not great for commuters. Traffic is often parking lot-like in rush hour, with frustrated travelers lining the roads in sedans, work vans and SUVs. Luckily, in many places, road widening projects are underway to help assuage these traffic woes, as well as cope with the increase in population and tourism that we can expect for years to come.

Everyone living in or traveling through Central Florida has encountered the heavy congestion associated with the I-4 road construction project. The downside to these kinds of major road construction projects? Traveling along construction zones can be dangerous. What should you keep an eye out for when driving through a construction zone?

Dangers to Avoid in Construction Zones

  • Signs: Never assume that a construction company has properly posted all warning signs of upcoming dangers or roadway changes. Always remain vigilant when entering construction zones, just in case the company has failed to properly post these federally and state-mandated signs.
  • Turns: Construction companies must follow strict guidelines regarding the creation of sharp turns in the flow of traffic. Unexpected or dramatically sharp turns can easily lead to accidents and injuries for both driver and worker.
  • Road: Dangerous conditions, such as uneven pavement, can catch drivers off guard, especially at high speeds. Look out for signs that warn of uneven pavement, watch for dips and potholes, and watch for discarded trash and debris from the workers.

Though driving is never something to do with your brain on autopilot, it is especially important to be vigilant in construction zones. Workers, drivers and pedestrians can all face deadly consequences if anyone of them forgets to put safety first when hitting the road. Hopefully, we can all enjoy less construction and roadway congestion very, very soon.

In the last few years alone, the attorneys at Wieland, Hilado & DeLattre have several settlements for their clients injured as a result of road construction accident in excess of $10,000,000.00. Negligence cases against road construction contractors and the subcontractors are complicated and involve many specific and unique legal issues.
The attorneys at Wieland Hilado & DeLattre are very experienced and knowledgeable in handling road construction cases. There are many rules associated with road construction responsibilities and maintenance of traffic issues.  To help you become aware and stay alert of road closures, lane changes, etc., you usually can find this information along the road or by making a phone call.  For example, regarding the I-4 road construction project you can call 844-858-4636 or 511.  In addition, you can also download an app that will provide you with continuous updates.

There are many rules associated with road construction responsibilities and maintenance of traffic issues. To help you become aware and stay alert of road closures, lane changes, etc., you usually can find this information along the road or by making a phone call.  For example, regarding the I-4 road construction project you can call 844-858-4636 or 511.  In addition, you can also download an app that will provide you with continuous updates while construction continues in the upcoming years.

 

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