In 2010 alone, around 87,606 road accidents took place in work zones.
Driving through a work zone could be frustrating. As a driver, you may hate the heavy traffic and speed limits in a work zone, but you also understand why it is even more important to follow traffic rules when driving through a work zone. If you were to drive dangerously through a work zone, you would be putting the lives of many people, including construction workers and fellow drivers and passengers at risk. In 2010, around 87,606 road accidents took place in work zones, causing more than 37,476 serious injuries or an average one injury every fourteen minutes, according to The Federal Highway Administration. Every year, more than 20,000 construction workers suffer injuries. The year 2010 saw around 515 fatal auto accidents in work zones, causing 576 deaths, says the report. Every year, more than 4,300 auto accidents occur in Illinois, causing more than 1,000 injuries, according to Illinois Tollway. Work zone crashes in Illinois caused 29 deaths last year.
Work Zone Penalties
The above statistics show that work zones are more prone than any other areas of roads and highways to auto accidents. This is exactly why traffic rules for work zones are quite strict. Failure to follow the rules often invites hefty fines and penalties. If you violate traffic rules in a work zone for the first time, you may face a fine of at least $375. On the other hand, the second traffic violation in a work zone may result in a minimum fine of $1,000. Crossing the speed limit in a work zone establish grounds for a penalty. If you violate the speed limit for two times in two years, the police officer may suspend your driver’s license for up to 90 days. If you hit a construction worker while driving through a work zone, you may face a fine of $10,000, plus you may be put behind bars for up to 14 years.
Safe Driving in Chicago Work Zones
As a responsible driver, you need to drive at a slower speed through a work zone – whether you notice workers in the work zone or not. You need to understand the nature of traffic in a work zone is different and the lanes are usually narrower in this part of the road. Different types of road accidents may occur in a work zone. However, accidents due to rear-end collisions are more common in work zones. Because the lanes are narrow and the pavements uneven, drivers often need to brake suddenly while driving through a work zone. If a driver is tailgating this may cause a rear-end collision. It is always a good idea to drive slowly, so that you have enough time to bring your car to a complete stop in the event of an emergency.
The Illinois Department of Transportation suggests that drivers be extra careful while driving in a work zone. You never know when a worker or a heavy object comes your way from nowhere. You also need to notice the traffic signs and pavement markings, including flaggers and arrow boards, carefully.
Construction Zone Accident Lawyers
If you suffer an injury due to an auto accident in a work zone in Illinois, contact an experienced Illinois car accident attorney as soon as possible. An attorney at Willens Law Office can evaluate you claim for free and help you pursue compensation for any injuries or damages that resulted from your accident.