Tips for Avoiding Construction Zone Accidents on Georgia Highways
Construction zones can be very dangerous for workers who risk their lives by operating near vehicles traveling at a high rate of speed. Drivers who commit traffic violations in construction zones, including hitting a construction worker, are often subject to harsh penalties. As such, to ensure worker safety, it is essential for drivers to take steps to avoid striking a construction worker on a highway. Such steps include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Adhere to all traffic signs and signals, especially the reduction in speed and lane merges;
- Be on the lookout for construction workers, including those who are “flagging” traffic;
- Be patient when driving in construction zones;
- Avoid distracted driving (i.e., do not text); and
- Be prepared for the unexpected to happen (such as an orange cone rolling across a lane or a bump in the road that may require a driver to slow down substantially).
Following basic traffic laws and being mindful of all construction workers can help to reduce the chances of an accident happening.
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