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Work Zone Crashes: What are Virginia Drivers Doing Wrong?

 

Were you hurt in a Virginia road work zone?  Accidents in road work zones can be very serious because of all the heavy equipment, the limited room to maneuver, and the hazards from road construction.  You may have been hurt by another driver who was not paying attention, or you may have been injured because the work zone was not set up correctly.

 

Regardless of how you were hurt, you deserve fair compensation for a Virginia road work zone injury.  Now that spring is here more and more road work zones will be popping up in Culpeper, Warrenton, and surrounding areas, so these types of accidents will become more common.

 

Work zone accidents in Virginia are not uncommon.  In 2008 there were 2,000 work zone accidents on state maintained roads, which led to 7 deaths and over 1,000 injuries.  Why are there so many deaths and accidents in Virginia road work zones?

  • Distracted drivers: drivers are not paying attention to the road.  Instead, they are talking on cell phones, sending or receiving text messages, playing with the radio or other music device, and much, much more.
  • Drivers are not paying attention to road signs, workers, or signals.  Since work zones are a change from what drivers normally see on their regular commute, they don’t always register what is going on.
  • Drivers are tailgating, which is very dangerous and can lead to rear-end accidents.  Many drivers become impatient in road work zones because speed limits are typically lower, and they ride too close to the vehicle in front of them.
  • Speeding drivers: again, drivers can become impatient in work zones and drive too fast.  Some are intentionally driving fast while others fail to notice a reduced speed limit sign.  Either reason is not an excuse for speeding and endangering road workers or other drivers.

 

These are just some of the ways that motorists cause car wrecks in Virginia work zones around Culpeper and Warrenton.  Your accident may have had other contributing factors, such as poor sign placement, missing signals, unsafe road maintenance practices or other types of driver negligence.

 

No matter how you were hurt, we want to hear from you.  Please contact the experienced Virginia auto accident attorneys at Dulaney, Lauer, & Thomas today to discuss your case for no cost or obligation.  Together we can fight for justice and a better tomorrow.

 

DULANEY, LAUER & THOMAS, LLP

 

Warrenton Office

98 Alexandria Pike, Suite 11

Warrenton, VA 20186

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Culpeper, VA 22701

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