Whether you are a road worker or you regularly drive through a work zone as you are heading to your job, you may want to keep in mind that certain times of year could be particularly dangerous. In Rome, and across all of Georgia’s cities, the lives of road workers are cut short far too often because of the negligence of drivers. Sometimes, these accidents are caused by drivers who are under the influence, while others happen because people ignore signs or fail to reduce their speed.
The Federal Highway Administration reports that fatal work zone accidents occur more often during summertime in comparison to other seasons. Between May and September, more of these collisions happen than any other time of year. In fact, 607 such accidents took place over the course of 2014, resulting in the loss of 669 lives. Furthermore, the middle of the week (Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays) was the most dangerous time of week.
In the summer, road work activity often increases and workers may face all sorts of threats, from drivers who fail to observe the speed limit to severe heat. For the families of road workers who have passed away, seeking justice and going over any resources that can help during such a difficult time is pivotal. Moreover, road workers who sustain injuries after being hit by a car or involved in any other type of jobsite accident should take a look at some of the resources that may be open to them, such as workers’ compensation.