Negligent drivers can injure construction workersWhen workers are present, passing traffic has the responsibility to drive safely to avoid injury to the road crews. To help protect workers, the state often imposes stricter speed limits, yield requirements, passing limitations, and more while in a work zone. Drivers are expected to comply with anyone directing traffic through a construction zone. In addition to facing greater penalties in traffic court, drivers who fail to follow the rules of the road and injure workers should be held responsible for the worker's damages. Construction workers can face serious injuries and death when struck by negligent drivers passing through a construction zone.
Negligently planned or poorly executed construction zones can cause car accidentsConstruction zones are hazardous to both the workers and passing motorists. As a result, construction work zones must be properly planned to protect both the workers and those on the road. Construction companies have an obligation to properly implement the construction work zone safety plan. For example, construction zone plans may need to require:
- Posting signs far enough in advance to warn motorists of conditions such as slower speed limits, lane closures, detours, potential slowing or stopping of traffic ahead, and uneven pavement.
- Lane closures, if necessary, to protect motorists from machinery and workers from passing cars.
- Someone directing traffic who is properly trained and dressed in safety gear and clothing.
- Heavy machinery be parked far enough from traffic when not in use and operated far enough from passing traffic to be safe for all involved.
- Keep all debris, equipment, and tools out of any lanes that are open to traffic.