Construction zones are a standard part of life in Washington, but you may try to avoid them when possible. While they may cause you delays, car crashes are also common in these areas, and many of the wrecks that occur in work zones result from similar circumstances.
According to the Washington State Department of Transportation, many behaviors that cause or contribute to work zone car accidents are punishable offenses that carry steep fines.
How often work zone wrecks occur in Washington
Research shows that, in 2021, there were 238 car crashes in Washington work zones that resulted in at least one injury. There were another 28 car accidents that left at least one party involved with a serious injury, and another five of those wrecks wound up proving fatal. There was also more than 900 work zone crashes in 2021 that caused damage to property.
What contributes to work zone wrecks in Washington
Construction zones often contain certain hazards, such as unusual detours or visual obstructions. However, many work zone accidents result from one of three specific driver actions. Speeding is a frequent factor in fatal and nonfatal work zone car crashes. Driving distracted is another, with many motorists finding themselves distracted by cellphones or other electronics. Drivers following too closely behind other vehicles also causes many work zone crashes. Rear-end collisions, in particular, are common in these construction zones.
When someone neglects safety in a work zone and strikes you or your vehicle as a result, you may be able to file a claim against the responsible party to help cover medical or related expenses.