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Highway Worker Accidents
Colorado Personal Injury LawyerEvery year highway workers put themselves in danger in order to improve the roads throughout the state of Colorado. In fact, one highway worker is injured every 15 minutes across the United States. Because of this, Colorado’s Department of Transportation works tirelessly with state and local police departments to ensure the safety of all those who work on Colorado’s roads. Unfortunately, accidents do happen and when they do—they can leave victims with lifelong disabilities and chronic pain. According to statistics issued by the Colorado Department of Transportation, 2,406 crashes occurred in Colorado work zones in the year 2003. These crashes resulted in 1,036 injuries and 11 deaths. As a result, the Colorado Department of Transportation does their part to make sure drivers are aware of a highway worker’s presence. Lower speed limits, police enforcement, cones and flaggers are all used to keep the work and cone zones safe. Still—many drivers do not heed these warnings and their inattentiveness to the roadway can unfortunately result in tragedy.
The Colorado Department of Transportation has suggested several ways to stay safe while driving through a work zone:
- Always pay attention to the road in front of you—not your cell phone or passengers.
- Watch the speed limit – drive slowly when workers are present
- DO NOT tailgate. The majority of crashes that occur in a work zone are rear end collisions.
- Obey flags and signs.
- Be patient and remain calm