Summer in Ohio means picnics, ball games and afternoons at the lake. It is also when the orange signs come out and road construction begins. If you sustained injuries due to a crash at in a work zone, you may have grounds for a suit. At Johnson & Associates Attorneys at Law, we have experience assisting clients with their personal injury claims.

According to Driving Tests, thousands of auto accidents occur around road construction every year. Here are some tips to help you safely navigate work zones.

  • Keep an eye out for the orange diamonds. These signs are along the road ahead of the work area giving you notice that road conditions change. Be on the lookout for a reduced speed limit, machinery, road crew and obstacles.
  • Orange barrels and cones direct traffic flow. These may move from one day to the next based on the status of the project.
  • Reduce your travel speed. In zones where workers are not present, most highways have a 55 mph speed limit. It may be lower when work is in progress. Failure to follow the traffic regulations can result in a fine that is double the usual amount.
  • Follow the flagger’s directions. They are there to help you move through the construction zone safely while work continues.
  • Steer your car as far away from workers and their equipment as possible.

Keeping distractions to a minimum can help you focus on the new lane directions and traffic around you. The road near the lane merges is where most traffic accidents occur. If another driver collides with you, they may be liable. Visit our webpage for more information on this topic.