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Work Zone Accident Facts and Statistics

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Ramona Roberts5 years ago

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) estimates that each year, approximately 15,000 crashes and 100 deaths occur in highway construction and maintenance zones.

According to the Federal Highway Administration, Texas, California, and Florida are the top three states in terms of work zone motor vehicle crash fatalities.

Leading Causes of Work Zone Accidents

  • tailgating
  • speeding
  • distracted drivers
  • alcohol/drug use
  • lack of road signs
  • confusing signage

Work Zone Fatalities in Texas

  • In 2010, 4 out of 5 work zone fatalities were motorists traveling through the work zone.
  • 45% of all work zone fatalities in 2010 involved someone 35-years-old or younger.
  • More than half of all work zone fatalities in 2010 were drug and alcohol related.
Worker Fatalities in Work Zone Accidents
  • Motorists are not the only ones who get hurt in work zone construction accidents; construction workers can also fall victim to roadway accidents.
  • According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), from 1995 to 2002, 844 workers were killed while working at roadway construction sites.
  • Approximately 70% of those killed were between the ages of 25 and 54.
  • Within the U.S., Texas has the largest number of workplace fatalities at road construction sites.
Tips for Avoiding Work Zone Accidents
  • Avoid tailgating- many work zone accidents are rear-end crashes.
  • Keep a safe distance between your vehicle and traffic barriers, trucks, workers and worker's equipment.
  • Slow down and be aware of posted work zone speed limits.
  • Pay attention to posted detours- some may call for sudden changes in direction.
Contact an Experienced Auto Accident Attorney

Thomas J. Henry is a personal injury law firm with offices in Corpus Christi, Texas, San Antonio, Texas and Houston, Texas representing accident victims nationwide.

Our attorneys are available to respond to auto accidents at any hour, day or night. Our lawyers understand that the immediate acquisition, or acquiring, of evidence is paramount to understanding how the accident occurred. Remember, your choice does matter. Contact our offices– we are available 24/7, nights and weekends.


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