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Road work is a thankless but necessary job. Roadside workers are constantly repairing or rebuilding roadways to keep them safe and operational. For them to do their jobs safely, it’s necessary for there to be rules and regulations to protect these workers.
The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is the Indiana body that regulates and monitors construction activity. All construction activity is scheduled and managed by INDOT according to their Interstate Highways Congestion Policy. Part of this policy involves having construction workers and other contractors work in off-peak hours when traffic is thinner.
INDOT also works to build and maintain clear work zones and to provide proper signage and information for local news outlets. All INDOT construction projects require high-visibility safety apparel and protective equipment for workers. They also work with law enforcement to station patrols in busy work zones.
Work zone accidents often come about due to driver negligence or dangerous driving conditions. Most work zone fatalities aren’t among road workers—instead, they are among drivers and passengers of vehicles traveling through work zones. A lot of these accidents take place on roads with high speed limits (over 50 mph), or in areas where traffic congestion is particularly high.
Due to the nature of construction work zones, rear-end crashes, sideswipes, head-on collisions, and collisions with debris are common types of accidents.
Everyone plays a part in keeping road workers safe. No matter how careful the workers are, they aren’t immune to accidents. Motorists have a legal responsibility to drive slower in work zones and to take extra care.
If you were injured on the job because of hazardous working conditions, you might have legal recourse.
Motorists who disobey rules in work zones face steeper penalties than they would under ordinary circumstances. Speeding in a work zone as a first-time offense is punishable by a $300 fine, up to $500 for a second-time offense, and $1,000 for a third-time offense within three years. Reckless driving is punishable by a $5,000 fine or up to a year in jail. Drunk driving in a work zone, or injuring or killing a highway worker, could cost up to $10,000 and up to eight years in jail.
Drivers should always be diligent and careful when they’re behind the wheel of an automobile, especially when driving through work zones. Prevent work zone accidents by following these tips:
If you have been injured on the job, contact the Indianapolis Workplace Injury Attorneys of Wilson Kehoe Winingham. The lawyers at WKW can help you understand your rights and get the compensation you deserve. Call 317.920.6400 or fill out an online contact form for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.