Noisy machines, loud beeps, delays, orange cones…all signs of the start of road construction season. Do you know what else symbolizes the start of construction season? National Work Zone Awareness Week. National Work Zone Awareness Week is an annual spring campaign to encourage safe driving through highway work zones. Read on as we discuss the campaign, work zone data, and work zone safety tips.
We hope the below discussion helps you stay safe in work zones. If a driver injures you in a work zone car accident, get medical help immediately. Once you have sought medical care, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. A personal injury lawyer will help to protect your rights and ensure you receive maximum compensation.
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What Is National Work Zone Awareness Week?
National Work Zone Awareness Week is an annual event that brings together the following to promote the importance of work zone safety:
- The American Traffic Safety Services Association
- Public agencies
- National roadway safety organizations,
This year, it is April 11 through April 15 and its theme is “Work Zones are a Sign to Slow Down.” There are special events held each day of the week including the following:
- Monday — Work Zone Safety Training Day
- Tuesday — National Kickoff Event
- Wednesday — Go Orange Day
- Thursday — Social Media Storm
- Friday — Moment of Silence
The history of National Work Zone Awareness Week can be traced back to the Virginia Department of Transportation. In 1997, staff members decided that before construction projects began for the spring they would dedicate a week to raise awareness about work zone safety. This idea spread to other state agencies. In 1999, state and federal agencies came together to launch the first official National Work Zone Awareness Week. In 2000, the first official kickoff event was held.
When the agencies came together, they outlined goals for National Work Zone Awareness Week. The goals included the following:
- Initiate efforts to raise awareness of the need for more caution when driving through work zones to decrease fatalities and injuries.
- Establish and promote a uniform set of safety tips.
- Promote the value of training and the importance of best practices in regard to work zone safety among individuals in the private sector, industry, and roadway workers.
- Reach out to both roadway workers and contractors to communicate possible effects of motorists’ behavior in response to traffic delays. Advise on what steps might possibly be taken to lessen negative behavior.
- Initiate outreach efforts to work with entities involved with work zone safety and to form partnerships.
We hope you stay safe during road construction season. We also understand that even the most cautious driver can be injured in a work zone accident. If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury after being injured in a work zone car accident, seek a personal injury lawyer with traumatic brain injury experience. The legal team at Anthem Injury Lawyers is experienced in dealing with traumatic brain injuries. We will fight for you by determining the cause of the accident, determining potentially liable parties, and dealing with the insurance companies. Contact us at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.
Work Zone Data
Work zone crashes are on the rise. Between 2019 and 2020, fatal crashes in work zones increased by 1.4 percent. The following work zone data is from the National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse. From a summary of the most recently available data, in 2020 there were:
- 102,000 estimated total work zone crashes
- 44,000 estimated work zone injuries
- 857 total work zone fatalities
- 244 commercial motor vehicle-involved crash fatalities
- 156 pedestrian fatalities in work zones
What Can You Do?
We all play a role in work zone safety. If you are a driver, you are encouraged to proceed with caution whenever you encounter a work zone. If you are a driver in Nevada, you are encouraged to review the below safety tips for drivers and read our articles Do You Know Nevada Work Zone Laws? and Construction Safety and You.
Safety Tips for Drivers
Most fatalities in work zones are drivers and passengers. This means that drivers play a crucial role in work zone safety. Before you venture out on the roads, review the following safety tips for drivers provided by the American Road and Transportation Builders Association:
- Stay alert
- Minimize distractions
- Turn your headlights on
- Pay attention to the road
- Merge into the proper lanes
- Don’t tailgate
- Know before you go
- Plan for delays
- Obey the posted speed limit
- Use caution when changing lanes
- Follow instructions from flaggers
- Expect the unexpected
- Look out for trucks entering the road
- Pay attention to your surroundings
- Watch for brake lights on vehicles ahead of you
- Read all posted signs
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