With winter behind us, Minnesotans are coming out of hibernation to enjoy the warmer, sunnier weather of spring. Or, as some people often refer to this time of year, road construction season.
Across the state, hundreds of road construction projects have already been kicked off, which will likely make spring and summer road trips longer and more frustrating for motorists. The significant number and scope of projects might also make those who are working on the projects a little uneasy. In order to keep everyone as safe as possible, drivers should take care to observe some basic safety precautions when they are in or approaching a construction zone.
In the coming months, we urge drivers to:
- Slow down and obey speed limits in construction zones
- Put the phone away and stay alert
- Pay attention to lane shifts and detours
- Give construction workers and vehicles as much room as possible
- Stay calm and avoid aggressive maneuvers
Observing these basic practices can help everyone on the road get home at the end of the day.
Unfortunately, there are going to be drivers who fail to take these steps. In 2015, 10 people died in work-zone accidents. Hopefully, we can avoid similar instances this year, but it will require every single driver in the state making the decision to be safe and slow down. That is, sadly, an unrealistic expectation. There will almost certainly be drivers who get upset with construction or make negligent or careless decisions in work zones. These drivers increase the likelihood of a serious accident.
If you are injured in a construction zone accident on Minnesota roads, it is important that you protect yourself and hold the party responsible for your accident accountable. Filing a personal injury claim -- as well as a workers' compensation claim, if appropriate -- can achieve this and help you recover maximum compensation for the damages you have suffered.