Georgia is joining the nation this week in focusing on Work Zone Safety, according to a news article in MySouthwestGA.com. Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) officials say that approximately 700 people died in U.S. construction work zone car accidents in 2009. GDOT wants to raise public awareness of and emphasize what drivers need to do to keep themselves and everyone safe in highway construction and other work zone areas.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA), there were 32 deaths in 2009 caused by work zone traffic accidents in Georgia. Speeding and distracted driving, especially related to cell phone use, are very common in Georgia work zones and increase the risk of a pedestrian injury accident. Some drivers speed through work zones without reducing their speed to the posted limit, or slowing down at all, and others are talking on their cell phones or texting, not aware of the potential hazards around them.
A work zone traffic accident is especially dangerous for GDOT or Public Works workers that are oftentimes on foot and near the flow of traffic. A maintenance or transportation department employee can be seriously injured if involved in a Georgia work zone accident, whether they are a pedestrian or in a vehicle. If you or a loved one has been injured because of a negligent driver, in a work zone or elsewhere, that driver may be held liable for the financial losses and emotional suffering caused by the accident.
The knowledgeable Georgia car accident attorneys at The Law Offices of Wayne Grant, P.C., have the experience and resources necessary to fully investigate your case in order to ensure the maximum compensation for your injuries. Call today for a consultation at 866-249-5513 or 404-995-3955.