Authorities Urge Connecticut Drivers to Slow Down in Construction Zones
Posted on behalf of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Nov 18, 2016 in Car Accidents
After three construction zone car crashes earlier this month, the Department of Transportation (DOT) and Connecticut state police are urging drivers to slow down and increase their awareness when driving through construction zones.
The first accident occurred on Nov. 2nd when a driver on a suspended license hit a DOT crash truck positioned at a work zone on Interstate 95 in Milford. The driver of the DOT vehicle was unharmed, but the other vehicle’s driver and passenger sustained minor injuries and were treated at a nearby hospital.
The next day, a DOT vehicle in a construction zone was hit by a vehicle on Route 8 near Bridgeport. Late that night, a drunk driver in a Jeep Wrangler hit a state trooper's police cruiser parked in a Route 3 construction zone in Wethersfield. The trooper sustained minor injuries and was taken to the hospital for treatment.
State troopers are shocked by the surge in construction zone accidents in such a short period. Officers and the DOT make a point to display signage well before construction zones start, giving drivers ample time to merge and slow down.
Officers say distracted driving, including using a cellphone while driving, contributes to the risk of a construction zone accident. Another risk factor is failing to practice common courtesy, including slowing down and merging, when nearing a construction zone.
If it is safe to do so, drivers are asked to report misconduct to protect troopers and construction zone workers.
A crackdown earlier this year led to hundreds of citations issued to drivers breaking state laws requiring drivers to slow down and move over for emergency vehicles and tow trucks on highway shoulders.
If you were injured in a construction zone car crash, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. The car accident attorneys at D’Amico & Pettinicchi have the skill and experience to fight for fair compensation.