Construction Zone Car Crash

Construction Zones Can Be “Hot Spots” For Missouri Car Accidents

By John Page on August 21, 2012 - Comments off

Auto accidents in St. Louis occur in a wide range of situations, including at construction and other work sites. The changes in traffic flow, narrow lanes, and unpredictable obstacles all raise the risk of an accident at a construction zone and make it crucial for drivers to avoid distractions and focus on the road.

Construction Zone Dangers MissouriIn 2010, 1.7 percent of all car accidents occurred in construction zones, but 1.8 percent of all fatal accidents took place there, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. These numbers demonstrate that the risk of a fatal crash is much higher in a work zone than in an area with no construction. In all, 15 people died and another 1,033 were injured in construction zone accidents in 2010 alone.

Most (59.6 percent) Missouri construction zone car accidents occur in urban areas and on roads other than interstate highways. Only 38.6 percent of work zone accidents take place on the freeways in Missouri.

In 75 percent of injury-causing construction zone accidents, the injuries occurred when one motor vehicle navigating the construction struck another. While construction workers are often exposed at work sites, most injuries are actually suffered by those in the cars trying to get through the construction zone. Just under half (47.2 percent) of all vehicles involved in Missouri construction zone accidents are passenger cars.

If you’ve been hurt in a construction zone crash or any other type of auto accident, the Jefferson County auto accident lawyers at Page Law can help. Call us today at (314) 322-8515 for a free, confidential case evaluation.


Missouri Department of Transportation Offers Safety Tips for Construction Zone Driving

By John Page on April 6, 2012 - Comments off

Construction Zone Safety St. LouisSpring means construction on roads and highways in Missouri and throughout the U.S. Drivers must be extra-careful when navigating construction zones, where narrow lanes, workers standing in or near the road, heavy equipment, and traffic backups are the norm. To help drivers avoid accidents, the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) offers these construction zone safety tips for drivers, including:

  • Slow down. Construction zones often have lower speed limits than the surrounding roads, but it’s important to drive at a safe speed for conditions, not just what’s on the sign. Always slow down when approaching or going through construction so that you can control your vehicle in case of a sudden emergency or unexpected condition.
  • Leave room. Leave extra space between your vehicle and the one in front of you so that you have room to stop or swerve if the vehicle ahead does something unexpected. If you’re being tailgated, make more room by slowing down so that even if you are rear-ended, a two-car crash won’t become a multi-car pileup.
  • Calm down. Stress often makes people drive negligently or recklessly in construction zones. Take a deep breath and accept that you might be delayed. If delay is a serious concern, leave early, or check the MoDOT website for construction and plan a route around it.

Construction zones can be “hot spots” for accidents, especially when drivers are not paying attention, are speeding, or get impatient and make careless or reckless decisions as a result. If you’ve been injured in a construction-related accident or other car crash, please call our experienced car accident lawyer in St. Louis at Page Law. To learn more about your legal rights and options after an accident, call (314) 322-8515 today for a free, confidential case evaluation.


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