Summer is the season for picnics, fireworks and family vacations.  Summer is also the season for Missouri road construction projects. 
Construction zones can be dangerous. Hundreds of people die in construction zone accidents each year.  While signs advise drivers to slow down for safety of roadside workers, the majority of construction site accident victims are drivers and their passengers.
Construction zone accidents occur for several reasons:
  • Poorly designed roads
  • Warning signs are not posted
  • Unclear directions from highway workers
  • No warning of unsafe road conditions
  • Improperly secured loads
  • Improper use of equipment
  • There are no barriers between the road and the construction site
  • Improperly placed barriers or road blocks
  • Traffic is not rerouted around the construction area
  • Roadways are too narrow
  • The driver does not obey posted signs or warnings
  • Speeding
Safe Driving In A Construction Zone
If you see a construction zone, slow down. The speed limit is often reduced in constructions zones so drivers have time to react to stop and go traffic and other dangers.  Speeding is the most common reason for construction zone deaths.  Always obey the posted speed limit.
Always pay attention when driving in a construction zone. Avoid electronic distractions such as your cell phone and watch for equipment and highway workers.  Road construction often involves oversized, slow moving construction vehicles and machinery with large blind spots.  It is very difficult for the operators of these machines to see you, and they may not be able to stop suddenly in an emergency.  You need to take responsibility for your safety and for the safety of those working along the roadway. 
Follow the directions of signs, traffic signals and highway workers.  These signs exist to warn you of hazards and to help you safely navigate dangerous roadway conditions.  Although these signs are temporary, they should be treated with the same respect as any other highway law.
Be careful while merging.  If your lane is closed, don't wait until the last minute to merge into the next lane.  Slowdown and be patient.  Hurrying may cause a deadly side-impact crash. 
The Buchanan County, MO auto accident lawyers at Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys hope these tips help you and your loved ones to have a safe and happy summer vacation.  

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