Work Zone Safety Campaign Targets Drivers Following Too Closely
Posted on behalf of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Jun 07, 2016 in Car Accidents
Throughout the month of June, the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CDOT) is promoting Work Zone Safety Month and its long-time campaign slogan: "Obey the Orange."
This year, rather than simply encouraging drivers to slow down in work and construction zones, safety officials are also encouraging motorists to leave ample space between their vehicle and the one in front of them.
According to statistics from 2000 to 2014, the leading cause of car accidents in work zones was vehicles that were driving too close to each other. Often, as vehicles move through a work zone, they will slow down and bunch together. This leaves zero margin of error if the vehicle in front needs to slow down or slam on its brakes. This mistake is one that most often leads to fender benders in work zones.
From 1999 to 2014, statistics show that following too closely contributed to 5,329 accidents in work zones. That number is significantly higher than the 2,166 accidents caused by improper lane changes or the 1,018 accidents caused by driving too fast for conditions.
CDOT also noted that the most dangerous areas for work zone accidents have remained consistent between 2010 and 2014, with Fairfield County accounting for 265 accidents, followed by New Haven, Hartford and New London Counties.
Throughout the month-long campaign, CDOT is advising drivers to slow down, use extra caution, leave ample following space and put away any distractions as soon as their see orange lights, signs or barrels signifying a work zone.
If you have been injured in an accident caused by a negligent motorist driving through a work zone, do not hesitate to contact the auto accident lawyers at D'Amico & Pettinicchi. We have years of experience helping injury victims recover the compensation they are entitled.