Iowa is preparing for a record-setting construction year in 2016 and will continue the pace with plans for approximately $3.2 billion for highway projects over the next five years. In anticipation to the start of the 2016 construction season, it is time to ring in the National Work Zone Awareness Week running today through Friday, April 15. As part of the ‘Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) National Safety Campaign’, aimed at eliminating fatalities on our nation’s roads, National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) became a national event in 2000.
The theme for this years week is “Don’t Be That Driver!” It only takes a split second of distraction to dramatically change lives forever. Studies show that over 95 percent of all crashes are a result of driver error and workzones along roadways should signal a driver to slow down and pay attention.
Companies and individuals overseeing a worksite also have a responsibility to help alert drivers to possible dangers. Implementing traffic control strategies such as advance warnings, transitions, adequately separating work space from traffic space and terminating a project properly are all important to ensure driver safety.
If you or a family member has been injured in a motor vehicle accident in a work zone area, you may not be at fault. If a sign or cone is misplaced, drivers may not know how to safely navigate the construction. Debris can also pose a threat by littering the roadway, making it just as risky as the damaged street. Misplaced barrels and poor lighting can make a routine drive dangerous. Machinery is also hazard.
Although there are road construction safety laws to protect workers and drivers, they are not always followed. If you have been injured in a car accident, contact the Law Offices of Stoltze & Stolze PLC for help. We have handled hundreds of motor vehicle accident injury claims for clients throughout Iowa. Our Des Moines auto accident attorneys are here to help you pursue maximum compensation for your medical bills, wage loss, pain and suffering, and other hardships.