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Work Zone Safety: Avoiding a Potentially Fatal Maryland Truck Crash


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12/2/2013
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Just when you thought you had figured out the lane changes at that huge construction site along your most frequented highway, the flow of traffic changed yet again. Work zones are notorious for slowing traffic, confusing drivers, and—you guessed it—causing serious Maryland auto accidents.

Rear-end accidents are the most common type of accidents in work zone areas. A driver slamming into the back of a construction vehicle can end up severely injured or worse. Other work zone accidents occur when one driver:

  • Fails to notice slowing traffic and rear-ends another vehicle.
  • Fails to merge properly and sideswipes another vehicle.
  • Misjudges lane width or direction and crashes into a barrier.
  • Fails to see a flagger or other worker on the side of the road.
  • Is distracted watching the construction site and hits another vehicle.
  • Smashes into the back of a construction truck exiting or entering the work zone.

Driver safety is crucial when entering a work zone. So many moving pieces create a high-risk situation for drivers and construction workers alike. The US Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration suggests the following tips to staying safe while driving through a work zone:

  • Minimize distractions
  • Keep headlights on
  • Be on the lookout for red brake lights in front of you
  • Pay attention to work zone signs
  • Merge well ahead of time
  • Be prepared for frequent lane changes or lane closures
  • Follow the work zone speed limit
  • Don’t tailgate
  • Follow instructions from flaggers
  • Expect the unexpected

When you or someone you love has been injured in a Maryland truck accident in a work zone, the damage can be life-altering. To see how our skilled Maryland truck crash lawyers can help you get the compensation you need, call 800-875-9700 today.



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