How to Navigate Safely Around Road Construction Sites - Catalano Law

How to Navigate Safely Around Road Construction Sites

Central New York, with its diverse landscapes and four-season climate, frequently experiences road construction projects which last several months or years, depending on the scale of the work. Navigating safely around these work zones is crucial for the well-being of both drivers and construction crews.

In 2021, there were 378 work zone intrusions on New York state roads. Over 50 of these intrusions injured a vehicle occupant or highway worker because the vehicle had entered a closed roadway. Knowing how to navigate these work zones safely can help ensure a smooth and safe journey for everyone on the road.

Common Construction Site Hazards for Drivers

Road construction during the summer is common in many parts of the country. The warm weather and dry conditions are ideal for paving and other roadwork activities.

Whether driving in New York or making a multi-state summer road trip, construction sites can be hazardous places for drivers. Typical construction site hazards include:

Driver Safety in Construction Work Zones in New York State

In New York, drivers are legally responsible for exercising reasonable care when driving through or near a construction site. New York law requires drivers to use due care when approaching and passing a construction work zone. This includes slowing down, obeying any posted speed limits, and following all other traffic control devices or signals within the construction site.

The following tips can help ensure driver and construction worker safety in construction areas:

Under VAT 1180(f) New York does not allow motorists to drive their cars through a highway construction or maintenance work area faster than the posted work area speed limit. In April 2023, New York launched a pilot system for speed cameras in construction zones to help enforce speed limits. 

Talk to a Car Accident Lawyer Today

Navigating safely around road construction sites is crucial to avoid potential hazards and ensure the safety of yourself, other drivers, and construction crews.

If you are involved in an auto accident at a road construction site, seek legal help from a knowledgeable car accident attorney at Catalano Law. We can help you navigate the legal issues surrounding road construction accidents and help you recover compensation for your injuries and losses. Contact our law firm today for a free consultation.

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