The South Carolina DOT recently announced a 2021-2022 road paving program that will be the largest in state history. One thousand miles of state roads are scheduled to be rehabilitated and paved over the next two years. All 46 counties will see paving projects. Roads on the work schedule include larger primary roads as well as some interstate highways. Upstate roads being repaved include US Hwy 123, US Hwy 221, US Hwy 276, SC 290, and SC 247.
Many accidents occur each year in road work zones on heavily traveled highways. According to the 2019 South Carolina Traffic Collision Fact Book, there were 2,586 total accidents in work zones. These accidents resulted in 11 fatalities, 27 serious injuries, and 876 other injuries. The National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse lists two of the fatalities as being road construction workers.
Causes of Work Zone Accidents
There are several major causes of work zone accidents:
- Speeding – Posted speed limits are typically reduced in work zones. Many drivers simply fail to slow down.
- Driver inattention – Distracted driving results in accidents. Inattention may be due to eating, drinking, cell phone use, or programming a GPS system.
- Following too closely – Drivers who follow too closely are not prepared for sudden stops. This results in rear end collisions.
- Weather conditions – Sometimes weather is a factor in work zone accidents. Heavy rain or fog can reduce visibility and make stopping more difficult.
Drivers in work zones should be prepared for the unexpected. They should be prepared to encounter lane closures, merging traffic, cones and barrels, detours, workers, and police vehicles. Always be alert, slow down, and keep enough distance between you and the vehicle in front.
Documenting your accident
Here are important things to do when you are involved in an accident:
- File a police report.
- Get prompt medical attention for you and your passengers, even if you believe the injuries are minor. Some injuries only get worse over time.
- Write down the license plate number of the other vehicle involved. Get the other driver’s license and insurance information.
- Talk to witnesses and get their contact information.
- Take photos of your vehicle damage.
- Report the accident to your insurance company.
If you have been injured in a work zone accident due to another driver’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and more. Speak to an experienced accident attorney. A personal injury attorney can advocate on your behalf and help you maximize your compensation.
At Ryan Montgomery Law, lawyers can handle your case on a contingency fee basis. This means we charge no fee unless we recover a settlement for you. Contact us today for a consultation.