Cautious Driving in Road Work Zones Benefits Drivers and Workers

Posted on Aug 21, 2012

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), there were more than 87,500 motor vehicle accidents in road work zones in the United States in 2010. Being that we are in the middle of road work season in Washington State, Seattle attorney Chris Davis wants drivers to understand that driving carefully benefits them and the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) workers as well.

The DOT website indicates that a significant amount – slightly more than 30 percent – of the 87,606 total car accidents in work zones in 2010 resulted in an injury or fatality. Surprisingly, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) says that 90 percent these collisions in our state result in injury or death to the occupants of the vehicle rather than the road workers.

“Driving through a construction zone can be very dangerous,” said attorney Chris Davis. “For their own safety and the safety of workers, drivers need to take extra care when traveling through work zones.”

Although the data suggests that the occupants of a vehicle are at higher risk of injury and death, reckless driving through a work zoneputs the safety of road workers in jeopardy as well. According to data from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), traffic accidents are responsible for approximately 8 percent of all road workers killed each year.

“In my practice I see a number of motor vehicle accidents that take place in a work zone,” said Davis. “These can be some of the worst cases we see in terms of injuries and death.”

Davis, the founder and principal attorney at the Davis Law Group in Seattle, has successfully represented victims of roadwork and construction accidents in his nearly 20-year career as a personal injury attorney. He says the preventive safety precautions taken by state transportation agencies make traffic collisions in road work zones inexcusable.

As a public service to accident victims in Western Washington, Davis offers an extensive collection of legal reference guides for free to anyone who has been injured and seeks guidance. Among the guides that collectively make up the Washington Accident Books series is “The 10 Biggest Mistakes That Can Wreck Your Washington Accident Case.”

The 91-page book addresses all of the elements that anyone pursuing a personal injury claim from a car accident must be aware of, in addition to ten common mistakes that can destroy a victim’s chances of recovering fair compensation from the insurance companies. Accident victims can order a free copy of “The 10 Biggest Mistakes” at http://www.washingtonaccidentbooks.com.

About Chris Davis

Christopher M. Davis, founder of the Davis Law Group, has been a licensed attorney in the state of Washington since 1993. He has tried dozens of personal injury cases to verdict and has successfully handled and resolved hundreds of accident claims. He has been a Washington Super Lawyer' for seven years in a row for his expertise and success in litigating personal injury claims. You can learn more about the firm by visiting: http://www.DavisLawGroupSeattle.com.