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Crashes in work zones are a serious problem in Texas

People who drive through construction zones are essentially taking the wellbeing of the construction workers in their hands. When drivers aren't driving through a construction zone in a safe manner, a crash might occur. These crashes can kill or injure workers. Recently, the Associated General Contractors of America did a survey on contractors. That survey has some shocking results.

There were 800 contractors nationwide who were surveyed. Some of these were from Texas. When you look only at the answers from respondents in Texas, you might notice a stunning trend. Of the Texas contractors surveyed, 65 percent said that there had been at least one crash involving a moving vehicle at a highway work zone in the previous 12 months. Nationally, that percentage was only 46 percent.

Another question that had a chilling reply was whether the risk of motor vehicle crashes in work zones was greater than or less than the risk a decade ago. A whopping 87 percent of Texas respondents noted the risk is greater now. Nationally, only 80 percent said the risk was greater now.

Some drivers might not realize that they aren't only putting construction workers at risk. In addition, they are putting themselves and their passengers at risk. With the risks to the driver, the passengers and the workers in mind, it is vital that everyone slow down and pay attention in construction zones.

Any worker who is injured in a work zone accident is likely to need medical care and possibly time off of work. Those can cause horrible effects on the person's finances. For that reason, the worker might need to seek compensation for his or her injuries.

Source: San Antonio Business Journal, "Survey highlights the dangers of Texas work zones," Tricia Lynn Silva, May 27, 2015

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