Missouri’s roadways are constantly undergoing maintenance and expansion, and while, in time, these efforts may improve conditions for state residents, they can also pose a serious threat for the motoring public. At Kelly, Symonds & Reed, LLC, we recognize just how frequently road construction is a factor in auto accidents and associated injuries and fatalities, and we have helped many clients injured in construction-related auto accidents pursue solutions that fit their needs.
Per the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration, construction zone crashes are a very real problem in America nowadays, with 70 work zone crashes resulting in injury taking place across the nation every day. In fact, a construction zone crash happens every 5.4 minutes in this country, with more than a quarter of all work zone crashes in 2015 resulting in at least one injury.
Furthermore, in 2014, construction zone-related accidents caused 2 percent of all road fatalities nationally, further highlighting just how much of an issue navigating through work zones can be for some motorists. Rear-end crashes, for example, can occur when drivers face unanticipated or unclear traffic patterns, and they are especially common in roadway construction zones, accounting for 41 percent of all accidents that occur within them.
While those working in construction zones face obvious risks when construction zone car accidents occur, statistics show that drivers and passengers in cars are the most frequent victims. In fact, 85 percent of all deaths that occur in roadway work zones are those of drivers and passengers in vehicles. You can find more about car accidents and injuries by visiting our webpage.