With Idaho’s population growth and the increased traffic demands being placed on our roadways, construction zones are everywhere! The Idaho Transportation Department’s (“ITD”) research over the past several years indicates that 4 out of 5 construction zone accidents involve drivers or passengers, not construction crew workers like most of us believe. Nationally, 82% of the construction zone fatalities involve drivers and occupants in motor vehicles. ITD offers various safe driving tips for motorists while traveling in construction zones.
Construction zones are inconvenient and slow down the flow of traffic. Commuters traveling on I-84 across the state are painfully aware of the congestion and delays caused by work zone related traffic pattern changes and speed reductions. Drivers can keep the flow of traffic moving by merging properly and obeying posted speed limits. I.C. §49-657 has a fixed penalty for work zone violations of $50.00 and when additional fees are added, the average fine totals in excess of $100.00. Speeding is a major contributor to crashes in construction zones.
Rear-end collisions are the most common type of crash in a construction zone. Always keep a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. Take it easy, be courteous, back off and don’t tailgate. Stay alert and keep distractions at a minimum. The construction crew and flaggers also want to remain safe and complete their work shift free from accidents and injuries.
For longer trips, plan ahead and allow extra time to arrive at your last stop. Information is available from ITD regarding road conditions on state highways and interstates through its Travelers Services by calling 5-1-1 or on the web site at: http://511.idaho.gov/; simply click on the link before you depart.
Injuries caused by crashes can be overwhelming. If you have been injured in a work zone related accident, the experienced personal injury team at Racine Olson is available to speak with you regarding your claim. With offices in Pocatello, Idaho Falls and Boise, our lawyers can be reached by calling: 208-232-6101.
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