It seems as if there’s always construction happening on one road or another in New York. While it is wonderful that American road workers have jobs and are improving the quality of our roads, construction zones pose threats to both nearby drivers and pedestrians alike.
However, there are some things you can do to help protect yourself and workers from injuries that can occur as a result of accidents. Follow these five safety tips to stay safe near road construction zones:
#1 - Pay Close Attention and Minimize Distractions
Make sure your undivided attention is on the roadway. Avoid using your infotainment system, cell phone, eating, or any other distractions that can take your attention away from the road.
#2 - Turn On Your Headlights
Even if it’s not required by law, turning on your headlights can help road workers and other vehicles see you better. Doing so can also help you see everything in your path more clearly.
#3 - Know Before You Go
It’s a good idea to check for traffic information and allow enough time to drive safely. You can check for road work through the following avenues:
- 106.7 FM (WLTW)
- AM 820 (WNYC)
- Channel 2 (CBS)
- Channel 4 (NBC)
- Channel 7 (ABC)
- Channel 11 (PIX11 NY)
#4 - Follow the Posted Speed Limit
Keep an eye out for any of the following changes on the road during construction:
- Reduced speed limits
- Traffic lane closures
- Narrowed traffic lanes
- Shifted traffic lanes
- Workers on or near the road
Remember, traffic fines are often doubled for moving violations in construction zones.
#5 - Expect the Unexpected
Sometimes, workers, work vehicles, or equipment have to enter your lane without providing a warning. Use additional caution as other vehicles might slow, stop, or change lanes suddenly.
Overall, it’s in everyone’s best interest that you be patient and remain calm while traveling through construction zones. Work Zone staff members work hard to improve the road and provide better driving conditions for New Yorkers. Show them some respect by taking their safety into consideration.
Unfortunately, sometimes accidents are completely unavoidable. If you were involved in an unavoidable crash through no fault of your own, you may be owed compensation. Let our skilled team see if we can help you recover it.
Call the New York lawyers at The Ahearne Law Firm, PLLC today by calling (845) 763-4100 to speak with a knowledgeable attorney about your case.