Construction Worker Killed in Late Night Crash in Bessemer, Alabama
BESSEMER, AL- Cbs42.com writes that a 57-year-old man was killed in an accident in Alabama. The man was a construction worker who was currently in the left lane of Interstate-59/20 southbound. The lane was closed for construction at the time of the accident.*
The vehicle that hit the construction worker ran through the barrels, which were marking the construction zone. The driver then fled the scene of the accident.
The victim was declared dead at about one in the morning at the UAB Hospital. The police are continuing to investigate the accident.
Crashes take place all too often in construction zones. In 2017, 710 fatal crashes took place across the country in work zones leading to 799 deaths. Construction workers were the victims in 132 of those accidents.
Drivers traveling through work zones should be extra cautious and pay extra attention to the roadway. It is important not to follow anyone too closely. The most common type of crash in a work zone is a rear-end collision. Giving enough space to the vehicles in front of your own is crucial for roadway safety. Also, try to be prepared for unexpected incidents such as workers entering the road, construction equipment, or debris in the roadway. Avoid changing lanes, and avoid distractions such as changing the radio station, and of course, avoid looking at your phone.
Driving through work zones can be stressful. Drivers should always leave plenty of time to get to their destinations without feeling the need to speed. Work zones exist so that workers can improve the road and repair damage to the roadway. It is a necessary inconvenience, and drivers should try to be patient and not irritated by construction-related delays and roadblocks. Keeping calm can help you stay focused on the road ahead.
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