Louisiana’s transportation chief, Shawn Wilson, believes that more should be done to prevent car accidents in two work zones in Lafayette. The work zones are both located on Interstate 10, where the road is being widened between the city and the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge.
These two stretches of road are used by roughly 60,000 cars every day. Wilson said in an interview that accidents in those areas are up 50 percent since work began. Part of the problem, he says, could be the varying speed limits in the area, which shift between 60 and 65 mph.
As a result of the accidents, DOTD officials put out a news release urging motorists to take caution when driving near concrete barriers, narrow lanes, lane shifts and road construction equipment.
Work Zone Accident Statistics
In 2014, there were 30,500 people who suffered injury as a result of motor vehicle accidents in work zones. Most of these injuries occurred in areas with speed limits of 55 miles per hour or greater. An average of 15 to 20 percent of fatalities in work zones involved pedestrians or bicyclists.
Many others have suffered serious injuries, including amputations, spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries. A large amount of these incidents occurred due to speeding or reckless, distracted driving.
If you are a driver, you have a duty to make sure you are acting in a safe manner on the road. That means being alert, attentive and following the instructions on road signs as you approach work zones. If you do suffer injury as the result of another driver’s negligence while driving through a work zones, discuss your case with a personal injury attorney to figure out your best course of action moving forward.