Work Zone Safety and Arizona Law
If you’re like most drivers, when you hit construction on your way to and from the office every day, you get frustrated. Your hands tightly grip the wheel, your heart rate goes up, and all you want to do is weave in and out of the cars stopped in front of you so you can get to your destination faster.
ARS 28-710 prohibits drivers from going over the temporarily posted speed limit in construction zones, whether there are workers present at the time of the infraction or not. Traffic fines are doubled in work zones.
It’s essential to remain calm and follow all traffic laws to help everyone stay safe in a construction zone. But if you are harmed by someone else’s dangerous actions, a car accident attorney can help you file a claim to get the money you need to get better.
How to Avoid a Work Zone Arizona Car Crash
When you’re driving in a work zone, you will want to slow down and pay attention. The most common work zone accidents are rear-end collisions. And sideswipes also occur when drivers aren’t prepared to merge as lanes are closed off. The best way to avoid accidents is to follow these simple construction zone safety tips:
- Don’t tailgate.
- Always follow the posted speed limit.
- If you can’t avoid a work zone, leave early to have extra time.
- Begin slowing down before you reach work zone.
- Don’t speed up if you don’t see any workers, even at night.
- Avoid driving in the lane closest to the construction.
- Obey instructions from crew flaggers.
- Don’t get too close to construction workers.
- Stay alert and look out for obstructions.
- Plan alternate routes when there’s upcoming construction work.
- Stay calm and take deep, slow breaths.
Who Is Liable for Injuries in an Arizona Work Zone Crash?
Construction zone accidents may be caused by a negligent construction company that didn’t properly train its workers, a government entity that failed to mark off a hazardous area, or another driver who doesn’t follow the rules.
Victims of Arizona car crashes that happen in work zones have rights and should reach out to a skilled personal injury attorney. The Husband & Wife Law Team can help you understand your rights and secure a fair settlement for your injuries.
We would work out the details of a settlement that would cover the costs of your medical care, personal damages, and other costs associated with the collision. For help understanding your rights and your case, reach out to the attorneys at The Husband & Wife Law Team.
If you are harmed in a construction zone accident, in can be difficult to determine who’s at-fault. But your car injury accident attorney will investigate the accident to determine whose negligence is responsible for your injuries. Then they will file claims against one or more of the following parties:
- Construction companies
- Government agencies
- Workers and supervisors
- Careless drivers
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Blog was originally posted April 2013 and has been updated for better content.
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