Summer is here, which means New Yorkers have likely noticed an increase in road construction projects. We can expect to see repairing and resurfacing roads, redesigning walkways and inspecting infrastructure.
With the increase in road construction comes an increase in the risks to people’s safety. Whether you work on road construction sites or live, drive, or walk near one, it is crucial to be alert and mindful of the risks people face in work zones.
Work zone hazards
Some of the most common hazards people often find in or around work zones include:
- Street defects
- Construction barrels and barricades
- Uneven walkways
- Falling debris
- Detours causing congestion
- Heavy machinery and equipment
These factors can put workers, pedestrians and motorists at risk of an accident.
Further, work zones can be loud, which means that it can be difficult to hear things like shouts and warnings. They can also be chaotic, making it difficult to anticipate certain events.
Protecting yourself and others
Whatever you are doing when you are in or near a work zone, it is crucial to prioritize safety for your sake and the sake of those around you.
- As a road worker, you should wear protective gear and follow safety protocols.
- As a pedestrian, you should stay out of restricted areas and refrain from wearing headphones to hear what is happening around you.
- As a motorist, you should focus on safe driving habits like staying calm, slowing down and being alert.
When people take these precautions, they can prevent serious work zone accidents and save lives.
Unfortunately, too many people do not take these steps. According to statistics from the Federal Highway Administration, there were more than 760 fatal work zone accidents in 2019.
If you or someone you love has been hurt or killed in a work zone accident, it can be crucial to explore your legal options to file a claim. Of course, money will not undo a crash or the resulting injuries, but it can give those affected by these accidents the financial resources they need to focus on their recovery. Consult the highly experienced personal injury attorneys at Arye, Lustig & Sassower, P.C. We can help you understand what (if any) legal remedies may be available.