Negligent drivers could put you at serious risk of being injured in a construction zone car accident. Here, discover what causes these crashes to occur.

Work Zone Car Crashes: How Negligent Drivers Cause These Dangerous Wrecks

Road construction is definitely needed on Seattle-area roads and highways. However, these work zones can be dangerous for drivers, even when they are trying to drive safely and obey traffic laws. According to the Federal Highway Administration, there were 96,626 crashes in construction zones in 2015—a 7.8 percent increase over 2014.

Was Your Construction Zone Accident Caused by Another Driver?

A variety of work can occur in a construction zone such as grinding down asphalt, rebuilding the road, painting new stripes on the road, filling in potholes, and more. In some areas, the lanes of travel are reduced to a single lane. These zones are generally marked with warning signs to reduce speed, merge, and take other actions.

Many negligent driving practices can cause a tragic wreck in a construction zone. Some of the most common causes include:

  • Speeding. Speeding is especially dangerous in a construction zone where traffic can be stop and go. This is one of the most common causes of crashes where victims can suffer catastrophic injuries or death.
  • Tailgating. Impatient drivers often tailgate the vehicle in front who may be obeying the reduced posted speed limits. These motorists breach the duty to maintain a safe distance behind and can cause a rear-end collision when they are unable to quickly slow down or stop.
  • Failing to merge properly. When drivers wait to merge until the last minute and squeeze in or improperly merge at a higher speed on highways, you or your family could suffer catastrophic injuries in a crash.
  • Distracted driving. Distracted driving, such as texting and talking on a cellphone, is especially dangerous in construction zones where drivers slow or slam on their brakes suddenly and vehicles must merge into fewer lanes.
  • Drunk driving. A driver’s reaction time, vision, and judgment are reduced when he is drunk or intoxicated due to drug use. This can lead to reckless driving behaviors, such as excessive speeding, failing to obey traffic signals, misjudging distances, and other dangerous practices that contribute to a work zone crash.

Did a negligent driver cause your construction zone car accident? Our experienced car accident attorneys are here to collect the evidence you need to prove his liability and fight with his insurance company for the compensation you are entitled to. Find out more about your legal options and how we can assist you. Call our office today to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation.