Los Angeles has a huge number of visitors and heavy traffic, which can contribute to the need for road construction. Most drivers are accustomed to seeing and driving through construction zones, and they pay careful attention. Other drivers are driving while distracted or driving recklessly, and may pose a danger to construction workers and other workers driving through the construction zone.
A number of campaigns aimed at alerting drivers to the presence of construction workers have helped to decrease the number of construction zone accidents over the last few years. The biggest causes of construction zone accidents are driving while distracted and speeding.
Often Los Angeles drivers do not reduce their speed for a construction zone, or they may fail to watch the traffic patterns around them. It’s important for drivers to be alert and aware of construction zones. It’s important for a driver who drives through the same construction zone regularly to be aware that traffic patterns throughout the work zones can change. Construction zones at night can be especially dangerous, so it’s important to use caution when driving through them, even if no workers are present. Drivers should also be aware that many work zones are on the move, so it’s important to drive carefully through all construction zones.
Safety officials estimate that about 1.5 percent of work-related fatalities occur in construction zones on road projects. If drivers fail to drive safely through construction zones and they cause an accident, they can be held liable. If you or a loved one has been injured because a driver failed to drive safely through a construction zone, you should speak with an attorney. Call me, Conal Doyle, Los Angeles automobile accident attorney at 310-385-0567. My team can help to ensure you get fair compensation. Call today to learn more.