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What are NY motorists expected to do around road construction?

Posted by Smiley & Smiley on Sep 13, 2016 1:04:45 PM

When people think of construction projects in New York, they often think of the work that is constantly being done to build and maintain buildings in the city. However, many construction projects are happening right here on the ground.

Whether it is bridge maintenance work, road resurfacing or street redesign, there always seems to be work being done on New York roadways. For many motorists and pedestrians, navigating around road construction projects is just a part of their regular day. However, even though construction work is so common, it is critical that we all take certain precautions to protect the men and women who are working in these areas.

As noted in this material from the New York State Department of Transportation, in work zones, drivers should:

  • Slow down and observe speed limits
  • Pay attention
  • Follow detours as necessary
  • Read the signs alerting drivers of road changes
  • Give construction vehicles and workers plenty of room
  • Comply with temporary signals or flaggers
  • Leave space between you and the car ahead of you
  • Stay calm

For better or worse, road construction projects are common and often last months or even years. This can make motorists less vigilant with safety as time goes by. When people let their guard down and start ignoring their responsibility to use caution in areas under construction, it is often the construction workers who ultimately pay the price in a devastating crash caused by a careless driver.

If you have been injured in a road construction accident, it can be crucial that you first secure medical help to tend to your injuries. After that, you can discuss with an attorney your options to seek compensation through a civil claim against a reckless or negligent party. 

Topics: Construction Accidents

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