With spring in full swing, it won’t be long until road construction seem take over just about every road. With this timing in mind, next week, the state of Louisiana will recognize Work Zone Awareness Week. During the week, there will be enhanced efforts to raise awareness of what drivers should do to protect workers in and around road construction sites.
Sadly, road construction accidents can and do happen when people are not focused on safety. The goal of this campaign is to remind drivers to avoid the dangerous behaviors that threaten the lives of Louisiana construction workers. Some of the more dangerous behaviors include:
- Driving while distracted by a cellphone
- Failing to slow down in work zones
- Driving too closely to workers
- Not complying with lane shifts and detours
- Getting too aggressive and driving too closely to other motorists
- Driving through prohibited areas
- Impatient drivers who don’t follow traffic lights and signs
Road crews are usually only protected by construction barrels, cones, signage and the expectation that drivers will be responsible and safe. Should any of these measures fail, the workers are typically the ones who pay the price.
Oftentimes, these accidents are catastrophic because they involve a powerful motor vehicle and an unprotected worker who will often suffer severe injuries, from traumatic brain injuries to spinal cord damage. Some victims do not survive these accidents.
If you or a loved one has been hurt or killed in any type of construction accident, it can be crucial that you consult an attorney to assess your legal options. Under many circumstances, you will be eligible to collect critical compensation that can help you and your family recover from a devastating accident.