Work Zone Safety: Listen to the Signs

An Article From the Personal Injury Law Firm of Allen, Allen, Allen, & Allen

It’s easy to fall into the routine of a daily commute, but do you know what to do when road work or activity on the shoulder throw drastic changes into your usual drive? Data from the U.S. Department of Transportation indicates that many Americans may not.

Federal regulations indicate that proper signage, safety markings, and reflective or illuminated safety devices be positioned in such a way that drivers are alerted to work zones well in advance of entering them. Despite these warnings, more than 200,000 people were injured and 4,400 people were killed in work zone crashes since 2013.

Drivers striking the rear of a slowing or stopping vehicle are the most common type of work zone crash, and drivers of those striking vehicles have the greatest rates of injury and death of all work zone-related incidents.

To minimize potential hazards when driving through work zones, the Department of Transportation suggests that drivers pay attention to the warning signs of an approaching work area and:

  • Slow down and obey the posted work zone speed limit.
  • Stay alert and minimize distractions.
  • Keep your headlights on.
  • Watch for brake lights on vehicles ahead of you.
  • Maintain proper following distance.
  • Follow instructions from flaggers.
  • Expect the unexpected.
  • Be patient.

Following these tips and understanding and obeying the signs can help improve work zone safety and save lives.

To learn more about work zone safety and to find out how you can participate in Work Zone Awareness Week, visit

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