You have probably seen signs that warn you about striking workers in construction zones. While these signs emphasize the safety of the workers, the truth is that road users are even more at risk of injury in an accident than the workers themselves.
What Bikers Should Know About Motorcycle Accidents in Work Zones
Construction zones are inherently dangerous, but construction and maintenance along a roadway have the added danger of vehicles zipping by at high speeds. In 2013, over 80% of people killed in work zones were drivers or passengers—and for motorcyclists, the risks of a crash in a construction zone are even greater due to the following conditions:
- Uneven surfaces. Bikers know how much difference grooves or loose gravel can make in the handling of their motorcycles. A construction zone is fraught with surface changes, such as uneven pavement, rumble strips, new asphalt, and even gaping holes to allow workers access to underground lines.
- Tailgating. Motorcyclists often have trouble with motorists following them too closely. Tailgating increases the risks of a rear-end crash, especially in a work zone where sudden braking is required.
- Speeding. Speed is the most consistent factor in all construction zone crashes. Traveling even five miles over the work zone speed limit can make it impossible to stop before colliding with another vehicle, causing a chain reaction crash with the vehicles trailing behind.
- Merging. Traffic shifts or narrowed lanes require skilled movements, placing less-experienced motorcyclists at risk. Aggressive drivers following behind may attempt to “cut off” a motorcyclist, pushing the biker against the barrier.
- Barriers. Barrels and temporary barricades may give way when a car strikes them, but a motorcyclist is likely to flip over his handlebars or be thrown from the bike if he is forced off the road.
What Should Bikers Do If They Are Injured in a Construction Zone?
If you are involved in a motorcycle crash, you may have trouble getting fair compensation for your injuries. In his book, The Devil's Advocate: A Biker's Guide to Accidents & Injuries, attorney James Roswold explains why the odds are stacked against motorcyclists in injury cases, and what bikers must do to get payment for an accident. Get your free copy today to learn how to protect your rights in the event of an accident!