We’ve all seen the “Work Zone, Reduce Speed” signs on the road, and experienced the perceived inconvenience of having to reduce our speed despite not always seeing the work at hand. Many of us may at times question the validity and the purpose of such a sign and a restriction, but make no mistake speeding in work zones is a serious issue.
In 2010 there were a total of 576 fatalities occurring from accidents in the work zone. Many of these accidents men and women working along our highways being struck by drivers who could not be inconvenienced to slow down and heed the warnings of the Work Zone signs. Working along our highways is a dangerous job, but a necessary component of the maintenance needed to keep our roads in working order. The least we can do as drivers is respect the warnings, and try to provide a safe working environment for the workers who are working to keep the very roads we drive on safe.
Next time you see a “Work Zone, Reduce Speed” sign, please think about the hundreds of lives lost due to others not heeding this warning, and be aware of your surroundings at all times. Drivers that speed in work zones are in clear violation of a very serious law. If you have been injured due to the negligence of another driver, contact the Auto Accident Attorneys of Rutter Mills today for a free, no obligation consultation of your legal rights.