Sadly, each year, hundreds of people are injured or killed in work zone crashes in the United States. In New Jersey alone, in 2013, six were people killed in work zone crashes.
According to the New Jersey Department of Transportation, at any time, there are more than 200 highway and bridge construction projects underway in the Garden State. If you are accused of a moving violation such as speeding or tailgating in a work zone, your fine could potentially double. This is to protect employees who occupy worksites, who are placed at risk by driver negligence.
To avoid an accident when approaching or driving in a work zone, we suggest:
- Never using the shoulder of the highway to pass
- Giving your vehicle plenty of space to stop
- Following all posted speed limits
- Staying aware of any workers who may be occupying the shoulder of the road
- Staying focused and keeping your cool, even if there are significant delays
- Avoiding dangerous habits like drunk or distracted driving
Man Accused of Drunk Driving Following NJ Work Zone Crash
We bring up work zone safety because recently a New York man was charged with driving while intoxicated after injuring two construction workers along the New Jersey Turnpike.
According to NJ.com, Brian Seymour, 41, was involved in an accident that occurred in March. He allegedly was traveling northbound on the Turnpike, near Lawnside, when he crashed his vehicle into a construction vehicle that was on the shoulder of the road.
Two construction workers inside the vehicle, who were in the process of picking up construction signs, were injured in the crash. Although the accident remains under investigation, Seymour has been charged with DWI, assault by auto, driving while suspended and causing serious bodily injury.
Speaking to an Attorney Following a Vehicle Accident
If you have been injured or have had a loved one killed in a car accident that occurred in a work zone, it may be wise to speak to an attorney. Remember, if you are the victim of a negligent driver, you may be able to hold him or her accountable and pursue damages. Additionally, if you are an injured worker, an attorney could potential help you move forward with a workers’ compensation and/or third party claim.
You should not have to continue to suffer because of a reckless driver. Stay safe and enjoy your weekend.
Targan Pender & Strickland, P.C. – Atlantic City Accident Attorneys