Roadways in Nevada receive frequent repairs and alterations. When that happens, road work crews may be present for weeks or even months at a time. Driving through active work zones requires focus and caution, as they can pose threats to both drivers and workers.
The Nevada Department of Transportation says that work zone crashes claim three lives every day nationwide. To do your part in making Nevada’s work zones safer, be sure to follow these tips:
- Avoid distractions—Work zones can be unpredictable. Workers may be in or near the roadway, lanes may shift or end, and heavy equipment may be entering or exiting work areas. Keeping your eyes and mind focused on the road can help you avoid an accident.
- Increase your following distance—Lanes are often narrow in work zones, and there may be no shoulders to pull over on. That means traffic can suddenly slow down or stop. If you follow the vehicle in front of you too closely, you may be unable to reduce your speed to avoid a collision.
- Reduce your speed—Speed limits in work zones are often much lower than they are on nearby stretches of highway. Slow down as you approach an active work zone, and maintain your reduced speed until signs indicate that you can increase your speed after leaving the area.
Work zones can be set up on highways and interstates with little or no warning to drivers. To avoid a surprise on your daily commute, dial 511 on your cell phone or visit www.nvroads.com.
Injured in a Work Zone? You May Be Eligible for Compensation.
Because of the increased risks that drivers and workers face, police often enforce stricter traffic laws in work zones. If you were injured in a work zone crash that was caused by a negligent driver, you may be eligible for compensation.
The Las Vegas auto accident lawyers at the Richard Harris Personal Injury Law Firm want to help you get the money you deserve for your injury-related expenses. Contact us today to find out how we may be able to help.