MDOT Celebrates National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week
The Missouri Department of Transportation (MDOT) is gearing up for the Summer construction season on Missouri roadways.
MDOT is using National Work Zone Awareness Week (March 23-27) to bring greater awareness about the dangers of work zone accidents.
The agency is reminding motorists to pay attention because not all work zones are alike. Highway workers may be striping, patching, building or closing only portions of the lanes.
By paying attention, motorists can follow the signs and cues necessary to keep themselves and everyone else on the road safe.
Workers and emergency personnel need plenty of room to work. This is particularly true, when they are working between lanes and on the shoulder.
Missouri law states that drivers who see flashing lights, need to provide as much space as possible. This is a very serious issue, because 9 individuals were fatally killed in work zone accident in our state. Employees who work on our state’s highways and bridges provide an essential public service and it is our collective responsibility to keep them as safe as possible.
Work Zone Safety Tips
We all have a collective responsibility to ensure that construction workers working on the roads are safe.
Workers face the most danger from inattentive drivers. According to the NHTSA, driver inattention was among the leading causes of work zone accidents.
Highway workers often use flashing lights and bright vests to ensure that they are visible. But if motorists are distracted by their smartphones, pets or kids, then they endanger highway workers.
Work Zone Safety Advocates
At Peterson & Associates, we believe that we all have a collective responsibility to keep everyone safe.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a work zone or construction accident, do not hesitate to get assistance from our law firm.
We work on a contingency-fee basis, so unless you win your lawsuit, you don’t pay anything to anyone.