Truckers have many things to pay attention to on the roadways – signal lights, stop signs, speed limits, other drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists, yielding and merging, along with many other road rules. Although this is a long list, there is still one more important thing that truckers need to be conscious of on the roads – work zones.
While traveling on highways, interstates, or city streets, there are many construction and roadwork projects taking place. Because truck drivers see the orange cone zone often in their many miles of travel, they sometimes do not pay as close attention when traveling through a construction work zone.
Work zone trucking accidents have been known to be deadly because of the weight and size of a truck. Sadly, statistics show that about one-third of fatal work zone accidents in Orange County and throughout the nation involve a commercial truck.
How can truck drivers reduce work zone accidents in Mission Viejo and throughout Orange County?
- Reduce their speed
- Take their time
- Pass workers with plenty of room
- Leave enough distance to slow down
- Expect the unexpected
- Brake safely
- Be alert
When a truck driver disregards a cone zone and speeds through it, he puts everyone’s lives at risk. Not only are construction workers at risk of fatal injuries, but other drivers and passengers sharing the road with a large truck can become victims of an Orange County truck crash. When a truck skids to a stop, the truck can jackknife, veer off the road, rear-end another vehicle, or crash into an oncoming car.
If you have been injured by a negligent truck driver who was tailgating, speeding, or disregarding road rules, you may have a legal claim for damages you sustained in a Southern California construction zone accident.
All motorists have a duty to drive safely, be alert on the roadways, and follow traffic rules in order to decrease accidents and injuries from occurring. Next time you see orange cones, respect the cone zone and slow down.
If you have been a victim of a Mission Viejo truck crash, please call the Law Offices of John P. Burns today to schedule a free legal consultation with an experienced Mission Viejo personal injury lawyer at (877)320-1338 today.