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Highway Work Zone Safety a Matter of Life and Death

Nolan Erickson

Road construction can be a frustrating fact of life for many commuters. Blocked lanes, lowered speed limits, and traffic jams are certainly no fun. But the next time you’re entering a reduced-speed zone, remember that people are working inches from traffic – and their lives depend on your attentiveness.

According to statistics from the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning, 2018 saw almost 5,000 work zone crashes in Michigan, including 15 fatal crashes and almost 2,000 injuries. Distracted driving and speeding are two of the leading factors in work zone crashes.

Michigan imposes steep fines and penalties for traffic violations in work zones. Fines are doubled and additional points are assessed against a driver’s record. Drivers can face up to 1 year in prison for injuring someone and up to 15 years in prison for killing someone in a work zone. This law applies to anyone injured or killed, not just highway workers.

Construction crews go to great lengths to keep workers safe, but with high speeds, high traffic volumes, and close proximity, highway workers are constantly in danger.

Never drive distracted and always travel at a speed appropriate for the conditions. In a work zone, slow down and pay attention to your surroundings. Someone’s life depends on it.

At Grewal Law, we are committed to advocating for the wrongfully injured, including those harmed while working on highway construction zones. Accidents of this nature are almost always preventable, and we want to help those who have suffered claim the compensation they need to recover—physically, emotionally, and financially.

We’re available 24/7 to take your call. Contact us today at (888) 211-5798 or submit an online contact form to get started immediately.

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