Some of the riskiest locations for roadway collisions are work zones, as they often result in changes in traffic patterns and right of way, along with workers present and large commercial vehicles on the scene.
Work zones are designed to improve the safety of workers who are enhancing or repairing roads, freeways, bridges, sewage and other infrastructure by separating construction and maintenance activities from traffic. The crews do that by providing a safe route for motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists and a safe area for the workers on the scene.
That stew of activity and unpredictability sadly results in carnage. In 2019, 842 people died in work zones in the U.S., up from 757 in 2018.
The most common types of fatal accidents in work zones are:
Safety tips for drivers
The Federal Highway Administration recommends the following when driving into or in road work zones:
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