Expressway Accident Leads To Traffic Delays
(San Juan-Alamo) An April 6 car crash on Expressway 83 (I-2) caused major delays in the San Juan-Alamo area. The crash, according to police, involved only one vehicle, which crashed into a road sign. No injuries were reported.
The stretch of highway where the crash occurred has been the site of months of ongoing road construction, as part of upgrades to the interchange at US 83 and US 281.
Motorists traveling west and east in the area are asked to slow down, or seek alternate routes, as traffic is often backed up due to slower than normal vehicle flow.
In Texas, a moving vehicle violation that happens in an active construction zone automatically doubles the fine for that offense. But even with those enhanced fines, speeding continues to cause many work zone crashes.
21,886 vehicle crashes occurred in Texas work zones in 2015 – an increase of 13 percent from 2014, a year in which Texas already led the nation in work zone crash fatalities. Additional traffic controls and high-tech solutions may make work zones safer, but the primary cause of construction zone accidents is careless driving. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, speeding and inattention are the top causes of construction zone accidents.
To reduce the number of work zone car accidents, TxDOT uses a number of tools such as digital warning signs to alert drivers about lane closures, and slowed or stopped traffic. TxDOT recommends good driving habits, as well as carpooling to reduce traffic congestion to make construction zones even safer.
Types of Work Zone Crashes
Speeding or distracted drivers are often unable to brake in time to avoid a crash in a work zone. In many road construction areas, concrete barriers cut off access to the road shoulder, so a driver may be unable to swerve to avoid a crash. These factors, and others, explain why rear-end crashes account for up to half of daytime accidents in construction zones.
While work zone crashes are no more likely to result in fatalities than other types of crashes, the outcome is often deadly when a tractor-trailer or other large vehicle rear-ends a smaller vehicle.
Representing Crash Victims and Their Families
Injuries suffered in car accidents can have long-lasting effects. Victims can face extensive rehabilitation, multiple surgeries, or even the need for home health aides, and specialized medical equipment. This leads to significant financial hardship for the victims and their families as someone recovers from accident-related injuries.
If you are injured in a construction zone crash because of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. The J. Gonzalez Law Firm has years of experience helping personal injury victims get the financial help they deserve to cover their medical costs and other losses.
Call us today to request your free, no-obligation consultation: 1-800-CAR CRASH.