The Importance of Navigating Missouri Road Construction Sites Safely

At The Gogel Law Firm, our St. Louis personal injury attorney knows that summertime in Missouri — between Memorial Day and Labor Day — is described by the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) as the “100 Deadliest Days of Summer.”

Last year over this time, 333 people were killed in Missouri traffic accidents. While distracted driving, speeding, and following too closely were the leading causes of these crashes, road construction work zone crashes were particularly disturbing to officials.

Not only are crashes in work zones injuring motorists, but they endanger road workers’ lives throughout the state. Here are a few tips to help keep you, your fellow motorists, and road construction workers safe when traveling in construction zones.

Top Tips for Safe Driving Through Road Construction Sites in Missouri

Road Construction Sites Safely

Road construction sites throughout Missouri require all motorists to slow down, which is something nearly every driver is used to. However, work zones also come with other challenges, like narrow lanes, uneven surfaces, and traffic pattern changes that can catch drivers by surprise — especially when their full attention is not on the road.

To help minimize the chances of an accident in Missouri work zones:

  • Always wear your seatbelt.
  • Drive defensively to avoid potentially dangerous behaviors by other drivers.
  • Focus on the road and avoid using onboard or handheld electronic devices.
  • Follow the road signs carefully and be ready for quick changes.
  • Maintain the posted construction zone speed limit.
  • Never drive impaired.
  • Stay alert to avoid colliding with workers, flaggers, and moving equipment.

Finally, be patient and plan. MoDOT advises motorists to prepare using the Traveler Information Map, which provides the latest road conditions, including closures, work zones, and incidents. A mobile map app is also available, or motorists can call MoDOT’s 24/7 customer service toll-free at 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636).

Have You Been Involved in an Accident in a Missouri Work Zone?

If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a construction zone accident in Missouri, contact our St. Louis personal injury attorney today to review your case by calling (314) 370-8173 or online to schedule a free consultation to learn more about your legal rights and options to pursue the liable party for your complete financial recovery needs.

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