Driving Minnesota’s roadways can prove dangerous because of inclement weather conditions, wildlife, and other related hazards. Road construction also poses a serious threat to motorists and construction workers alike. As communities continue to expand geographically as well as in population, drivers will have to be mindful of road construction on state roadways. Because these work zones are such common sites for car crashes, it is important you recognize where the risks lie.
Just how dangerous is it to drive through road construction zones? The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration released the following statistics.
Facts and figures about work-zone car wrecks
As the number of areas under construction across the nation increases, so, too, does the number of car crashes taking place in these areas. Between 2013 and 2015, for example, the number of auto wrecks in construction zones rose an alarming 42 percent. More than 96,500 work zone crashes took place nationally. Approximately 70 construction zone crashes involving at least one injury took place every day.
Work-zone crashes occur in many different ways. In some cases, car wrecks occur because of factors relating directly to construction, such as unclear detours or traffic patterns. Large equipment and signage relating to road construction can also prove difficult for drivers to see or get around, and this can also lead to collisions.
Rear-end collisions are especially commonplace in construction zones, and they are even more likely to occur when other motorists speed in these areas, because speeding makes it difficult to stop suddenly. In fact, speed played a hand in 28 percent of all fatal work-zone wrecks that occurred in 2014. In 2013, 41 percent of all fatal work-zone wrecks stemmed from rear-end collisions. To put this in perspective, while rear-end collisions were a factor in more than 40 percent of fatal work-zone crashes in 2013, only 16 percent of all fatal crashes across the country that year resulted from rear-end collisions.
The bottom line is that road construction increases dangers to you and the construction workers. You should comply carefully with speed restrictions and passing warnings, leave plenty of space between cars, and be especially attentive while driving in construction zones. Your life, and the life of others, depends on it.
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