Tips for Driving Safely in Construction Zones

Recently, a car accident happened in a construction zone on Poor House Road in Martinsburg, West Virginia. Per MetroNews, the accident involved a single vehicle and two pedestrians. The pedestrians were construction workers, who were working at the time of the incident. Reportedly, the vehicle ran off the road and hit the construction workers. Both construction workers suffered severe injuries. They were each transported to the hospital. As of this report, one was in critical condition and the other was stable.

It was not reported whether the driver of the vehicle suffered injuries in the crash, or what caused the driver to run off the road. At this time, the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office is continuing to investigate the incident.

How to Safely Drive Through a Construction Zone

It is always important to drive safely, but one time when it is more critical than normal to drive with care is when you’re traveling through a construction zone.

When you are driving in a work zone, you have more than your fair share of hazards to contend with, including construction workers, construction vehicles and equipment, shifting lanes, fluctuating speed limits, and traffic congestion. For those reasons and more, it is important to drive even more carefully than normal when in a work zone. Here are a few tips that can help drivers safely navigate construction zones:

  • Remain alert. Don’t allow your attention to drift because conditions in work zones can change suddenly.
  • Keep an eye out for construction workers near the road and on the road.
  • Avoid changing lanes frequently or at all if not necessary.
  • Don’t speed.
  • Practice patience.
  • Turn on your headlights, so that you are more visible to workers and other drivers.
  • Be prepared for delays.
  • Try to keep a safe following distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you.
  • Avoid distracted driving.

Injured in a Construction Zone Accident? We May Be Able to Help. Contact Us Today!

Driving through construction zones can be difficult at times. In work zones, traffic patterns and speed limits change dramatically and often, and construction workers do their jobs near, and in some cases, on the road. For those reasons, as well as others, it is critical for anyone driving in a construction zone to be extremely cautious. One wrong move could result in a tragic accident.

At Katz, Kantor, Stonestreet & Buckner, PLLC, we have dealt with the aftermath of all types of traffic accidents. Our personal injury law firm has been protecting the rights of accident victims and their families since 1931. After a devastating wreck, the last thing survivors and their families want to hear is excuses. They want action. They want to know that help is on the way. They are facing serious injuries and mounting medical bills, and it is often through no fault of their own. We understand that, and what is at stake for them. That is why we don’t rest until we do everything legally possible to hold those who hurt our clients accountable and secure the help our clients need to cover hospital bills, rehabilitation expenses, loss of income, and pain and suffering.

If you or a loved one was the victim of a car or truck accident, call us at (304) 713-2014 or contact us online. We offer free consultations, and our clients don’t owe us fees unless we win. For more information about our firm, check out our case results and reviews.


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