On average, 160 people are injured and three people are killed every day in United States work zone accidents.*  Approximately 85% of those who are injured and killed are not part of the work crew, but instead are motorists and passengers who are involved in the accident. 

Preventing Tragedy

Despite the frightening statistics, many Georgia work zone accidents can be prevented.  The Georgia Department of Transportation recommends five ways that a Georgia work zone accident can be prevented*:
  1. Don’t Speed.  Speeding is one of the most common causes of Georgia work zone crashes.
  2. Don’t Follow Too Closely.  If you tailgate, then you may not have time to stop if the vehicle in front of you has to stop suddenly.
  3. Watch for and Obey Road Crew Flaggers.  The law requires that you adhere to their warnings in the same way that you obey traffic signals, and doing so can prevent a tragic crash.
  4. Don’t be Distracted.  Distracted driving, including cell phone use, is a common cause of work zone accidents.
  5. Expect the Unexpected.  Lanes may shift, traffic may stop, and other unexpected obstacles may be present in work zones.  Stay alert to all potential changes to avoid an accident.

Unfortunately, not all drivers follow these suggestions and construction workers, passengers and other drivers remain at risk of serious injury from work zone wrecks.

Contact an Atlanta Accident Attorney After a Work Zone Crash

If you have been injured or lost a loved one in an Atlanta work zone accident, then it is important to contact an experienced Atlanta car accident lawyer as soon as possible.  An Atlanta injury lawyer from The Dover Law Firm will investigate the cause of your crash and zealously advocate for your recovery. 

To find out what to do after an accident, call us at 770.518.1133. And, to find out what not to do after an accident, please read our free report 4 Common Mistakes That Will Ruin Your Georgia Car or Truck Claim.

*Source: Georgia Department of Transportation, Work Zone Safety