Road construction crews see their fair share of action on the roadways of America.
Out of a survey including just 800 respondents who work as roadway construction crew members, 46% said they had witnessed a crash involving a moving vehicle and the construction site.
Isn’t it bad enough that road construction crews have to work in some of the harshest conditions?
Why is it that their lives also have to be in jeopardy while they’re trying to earn an honest wage in exchange for a hard day’s labor?
Who’s to Blame?
When incidences happen and insurance claims are being made, people are quick to point the blame finger at the other guy. Drivers may blame the construction site, and the construction crews may blame the drivers.
The truth is, every incident varies and one or the other is probably to blame at some time or another.
But if roadway construction incidences are to be reduced, both parties need to take equal responsibility for ensuring the safety of both roadway crew members and the drivers that need to avoid them.
As the following article, “Alarming stat: Nearly half of road contractors saw car crashes last year” notes, things can be improved if action is taken.
What Can Drivers Do?
Since drivers are at least partially to blame for the incidences at roadway construction sites, it makes sense that there must be something they can do in general to lower the statistics.
- Stop texting – Distracted drivers are dangerous drivers. Texting accounts for an untold number of auto mishaps each year. Roadway construction zones can come up suddenly and if your head is down, looking at your phone; you’re unlikely to be able to react to your ever-narrowing lane due to construction.
- Heed lowered speed limits – Every construction zone has warning signs posted about slowing down. Many drivers ignore these lowered speed limits until they are right up on the actual construction zone. At point, it’s dangerous to slow down suddenly when a slow moving hauler crosses perpendicular across the lanes. As soon as you see a sign indicating a reduced speed limit, adjust your speed. Hopefully, other drivers will take their cue from you.
What Can Road Construction Workers Do?
Road construction workers have a lot of power on the roadway around construction sites.
Dressed in luminescent colors and hardhats, you will stand out enough that when you indicate something, drivers should take notice.
One important job of the roadway construction crew is to look out for oncoming traffic when the crew and equipment is moving back-and-forth across lanes.
Instead of chatting with coworkers or checking your phone messages, pay attention and direct traffic as needed.
Make eye contact with drivers so communication is optimized. Be sure to use only standard traffic hand signals that drivers have been trained to recognize.
Make this the year and beyond that the statistics improve when it comes to roadway construction mishaps.
Motorists, take construction signs seriously.
Workers, be aware and alert for your own safety.