Man Dies in Accident near Highway Work Zone in Woodstock, Georgia
A man tragically lost his life in a single-vehicle wreck on Interstate 575 South, in Woodstock, according to 11Alive.com. There were no other passengers in the car with the driver at the time of the crash. The accident occurred after the truck that the man was driving veered off of the roadway into the median and passed through a highway construction work zone, before hitting a gravel embankment. It then flew through the air and fell between the north and southbound bridges over Little River before landing on the ground next to the river.
Why Work Zones Increase Accident Risk and What You Can do About It
If it seems as though there is always some road construction going on, your observation is correct. A lot of work is needed to maintain the roadways in and around Atlanta and throughout all of Georgia, and that work takes place throughout the year. Road work benefits the drivers who use the roads and the workers who are employed by the construction companies. Unfortunately, road work also poses safety risks to both workers and drivers. Workers in highway construction zones can get hurt or killed by motorists who are not paying attention, or who fail to abide by the posted work zone speed limit. Some work zone accidents might not harm any workers, but they may hurt or kill motorists and their passengers.
There are some characteristics of construction zones that increase crash risk. For example, in work zones where flaggers are controlling traffic, drivers who are speeding as they approach the work zone could miss the flagger's signal and cause an accident that could harm themselves, the flagger, or others. The continually changing lane traffic patterns that are characteristic of work zones can catch people off guard, especially distracted drivers. When this happens, an accident may occur. Also, construction vehicles enter and leave the roadways near work zones all day long, and they often do so at locations that are not the regular entrance and exit ramps. This creates an accident risk if the construction vehicles fail to yield to traffic, or if approaching drivers do not see them.
Drivers of cars and trucks can keep themselves, their passengers, and construction workers safe by paying close attention as they pass through work zones. Drivers must drive at an appropriate speed through work zones to assure everyone's safety, which is why work zones often have posted speed limits. Workers in work zones are trained to work safely near traffic, so they can do their part and stay safe by abiding by all workplace rules. When employees and drivers use extra care in and around construction zones, accident risk normally drops.
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