It is National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) from March 23-27. All across America, transportation safety officials are devoting time to educating the public about safety in and around work zones.
Each year, hundreds of highway workers are killed when a negligent motorist strikes them in a work zone. Additionally, thousands more are injured by flying debris.
It is essential that, all drivers work to ensure the safety of road workers. This annual event is organized by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) each year.
This years theme is Expect the Unexpected. Work zones often cause rapid changes to speed, lanes and other obstacles. The presence of workers, construction equipment and temporary signs and speeds can be surprising to inattentive drivers.
Drivers must respect work zone signs, warnings, and speed limits. Drivers who avoid using their cell phones and other distractions will be more able to appropriately respond to changing conditions caused by roadway construction.
Work Zone Safety Tips
In Tennessee, there are work zone safety tips that help drivers navigate construction sites on the roadways and highways in a safe manner that prevents accidents and injuries.
Drivers are encouraged to:
- Reduce their speeds
- Follow posted speed limits consistent with traffic
- Avoid tailgating
- Never pass on the shoulder
- Never drive across the median
- Practice calm breathing techniques
Drivers who pay attention and follow all of the traffic laws can ensure that everyone in our communities remains safe.
The licensed Knoxville, TN workers' compensation lawyers at Greg Coleman Law encourages all the residents throughout Knoxville, Tennessee to use this week to reflect on the dangers that highway workers face.
If you have been injured, contact our experienced injury attorneys. Anyone who has been injured by a driver in a work zone may be entitled to financial compensation.