The 2017 Iowa highway construction season is coming to a close and, unfortunately, this year’s construction has resulted in the death of 10 people in Iowa highway work zone crashes, making it the second consecutive year for ‘above average’ fatalities.
Iowa has an average of 655 work zone accidents every year. The high number of accidents in the last couple of years has been attributed to the numerous road projects underway across the state combined with an increase in the number of motorists on the road. Distracted driving, particularly the use of cell phones to text or check-in on social media, and driving impaired also pose a problem.
Obviously, reducing the number of work zone fatalities will take a comprehensive approach. Improved signage and effective traffic controls on the part of construction companies will go a long way in protecting workers and motorists traveling through work areas. A new texting while driving law that took effect over the summer has already resulted in roughly 500 citations, which will hopefully discourage motorists from texting in the future. Also in the works is the 24/7 sobriety law, requires drivers arrested or convicted of impaired drinking to submit to twice daily monitoring, which, when fully implemented, should take a bite out of Iowa drunk driving.
Injured in an Iowa Work Zone Car Accident?
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Work zones can be dangerous for both construction workers and for motorists so it is very important to slow down and exercise caution. If you or a family member were injured in an Iowa work zone accident, contact the Davenport Iowa construction zone accident attorneys of McDonald, Woodward & Carlson PC for assistance today at 563-355-6478.