As the old saying goes, Idaho has two seasons- winter and road construction. And its full-on road construction season right now. The repairs and improvements that crews complete during this time benefit us year round, but construction crews at work present a special safety hazard.
A little advance planning will help you avoid many of the inconveniences associated with road construction. Go to the Idaho Transportation Department website or call 511 on your cell phone to learn if there will be crews working along your planned route. A good GPS device with a live traffic fee is another good option for planning a route that avoids road construction. Idaho back roads can provide great scenery and help you miss the largest construction projects.
The most important thing you can do when you encounter road construction is to stay more focused on your driving. Do not change the radio station, talk on your cell phone, eat, or do anything else that would take your focus off the road in front of you. You need to have your full attention on the road signs, the work crews, and the traffic around you. Construction projects can cause other vehicles might stop, slow down, or change lanes quickly and unexpectedly. You may also encounter workers or work vehicles who need to enter your lane with little or no warning.
Data shows rear-end crashes are the most common form of construction zone accidents. To reduce your risk of being involved in an automobile accident, remember to always follow vehicles at a safe distance. Keep in mind that because of their extra weight, tractors and trailers can require almost 50% more stopping distance than a car.
Protect your pocket book too. Fines are doubled for moving violations that occur in a construction zone. Even if you think you’re a safe enough driver to avoid an accident, not following the law will have a negative impact on your bank account.
Hiring an Attorney to Protect Your Rights
Although following the safety tips mentioned above can help minimize the risk of an auto accident, sometimes collisions occur due to someone else’s irresponsible behavior.
If you are injured by a negligent driver, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses. The experienced attorneys at Holzer Edwards are dedicated to representing Idaho residents who have been injured due to the negligence of others. Please call (208) 386-9119 or toll-free at (888) 490-0992 for a free consultation.