Construction zones can be dangerous to drivers under the best of circumstances. However, when careless truckers enter the mix, construction zones can become deadly to both drivers and road workers.
Passenger car drivers must take extra caution when driving through construction zones. They must reduce their speeds to properly navigate narrow lanes, uneven pavement and building materials or cones. They must also keep a watchful eye for road workers. Most people expect truckers to operate their tractor-trailers carefully when encountering construction zones — yet they often don’t.
Here are some of the most common causes for construction zone wrecks:
Rear-end collisions are one of the more common problems in construction zones. They often happen because truck drivers fail to recognize the need to slow down. Because of that, they give themselves too little space to reach a full stop to avoid striking the car in front of them.
Head-on collisions are another common type of construction zone accident involving trucks. These crashes often occur due to truckers becoming tired or distracted and crossing a roadway’s centerline. These accidents may also happen when a trucker swerves to avoid some obstruction in the road because they don’t give themselves adequate space to merge into traffic or fail to check their blind spots.
What can you do if a trucker struck you?
A construction zone is no excuse for bad driving or carelessness. Every motorist has a responsibility to remain wholly engaged in operating their vehicle when out on the road. Louisiana law may allow you to hold any trucker who negligently drove their tractor-trailer liable for their actions. An attorney can help you enforce your rights to compensation after any serious accident involving a truck.