Work zones can be difficult for motorists to navigate.

Work zones can be difficult for motorists to navigate.


Tulsa, OK- Warmer days means more traffic and also means road construction projects are getting geared up. The road widening project or re-paving project will be an improvement eventually, but work zones whether on the interstate, state route or urban avenue can be a significant hazard for motorists. Too many drivers are unable to navigate safely the assortment of signs, flashing lights, cones and flaggers typically seen in a road work zone.
Road construction zones are dangerous for motorcyclists too.

Road construction zones are dangerous for motorcyclists too.


Data from the Centers for Disease Control show that there were 609 road construction zone fatalities in 2012. Luckily, fatal work zone accidents have been steadily declining since 2003 road construction fatalities reached a peak of 1,095, according to the CDC. Accidents in work zones also cause thousands of injuries to road crew members, motorists, and truck drivers.
Most road construction accidents are the fault of drivers who aren’t paying attention to what is going on around them and fail to notice they are approaching a work zone. However, there are times when work zone accidents are the result of carelessness on behalf of a road crew. Below, USAttorneys team of Tulsa accident lawyers will discuss three of the more common reasons for work zone accidents:
Distracted driving is a common cause of traffic accidents.

Distracted driving is a common cause of traffic accidents.


Improper signage- Because they are traveling at a high rate of speed, motorists need time to slow down and change lanes when they enter a road construction zone. That is why signage is paramount and road crews—typically contractors—must follow state and federal regulations. Such regulations dictate where signs are located, what types of signs are used, and how many are employed. The signs are to warn motorists they are approaching a work zone, and they need time to take the appropriate action. But, in spite of the dangers, some work crews ignore or are unaware of the pertinent regulations.
Forcing motorists to make sharp turns: On the highway, the typical driver is traveling anywhere between 55 mph and 75 mph. At those speeds, an extreme lane shift can be hazardous and send a car out of control. Motorists need the appropriate warning about lane changes so that they can prepare themselves for a dramatic shift in the movement of traffic.
The condition of a road can make it difficult for motorists to avoid an accident.

The condition of a road can make it difficult for motorists to avoid an accident.


Rough or uneven pavement: The condition of a road has a bearing on whether a motorist can drive it without getting into trouble. Rough and uneven pavement can be difficult to manage at a high speed and can also make a motorist lose control.
If you believe that negligence on the part of a road crew played a role in your accident, we urge you to speak with an accident lawyer near your Tulsa, Oklahoma location. Recovering compensation for a road accident can be challenging because you are dealing city or state authority and claims against government entities can be very challenging and you have a very limited time to file your claim.
USAttorneys urges accident victims, who live in Tulsa, to contact the Gee Law Firm and set up a consultation. The have a team of skilled and knowledgeable personal injury lawyers will do what it takes to recover the compensation you and your loved ones deserve.  Their office can be reached at 918-992-6110.

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