Come spring, construction crews across Indiana get to work repairing and maintaining roadways and highways. Many of these crews will be assigned to highways across the state, and motorists are likely to come across more workers over the next few months as we move into summer.
Unfortunately, that also increases the risk of accidents in these construction work zones. The week between April 15 and 19 is being marked as National Work Zone Awareness Week, and the Indiana Department of Transportation has launched a special safety initiative to raise awareness about these risks. In addition, the Indiana Department of Labor has also launched an initiative to reduce the number of workers killed in transportation-related fatalities. That includes workers killed in these construction work zones.
According to estimates in 2012, three construction workers were killed in work zone in Indiana. But it’s not just workers who are at risk in these work zones. Many motorists driving through the zones are also at risk. In fact, motorists may be at a much higher risk of being killed in accidents, and account for a large majority of the construction fatalities. Ironically enough, most work zone accidents can be traced to motorist negligence or failure to look out for construction crews.