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Construction zone accidents on the rise across the nation

The state of Arizona continues to undergo explosive growth, and with the influx of new residents and communities comes a need for improved and expanded infrastructure. In other words, road construction is a common site across Tucson and the remainder of the state, but these work zones can prove highly dangerous and even potentially deadly for motorists.

In fact, the U.S. Department of Transportation reports that the number of car crashes occurring in the nation’s construction zones rose sharply between 2013 and 2015, increasing by more than 40 percent during this time period. Just what is causing today’s construction zone accidents, and what can you do to avoid becoming a statistic?

A closer look at construction zone crashes

Road construction zones are a common site for car crashes, rear-end collisions, in particular. A number of reasons for this exist. First, irregular or unfamiliar traffic patterns can confuse you and cause you to stop suddenly, make a sharp turn or what have you, all of which can add to your accident risk. Large trucks and machinery often present in work zones can also increase your odds of a construction zone crash by blocking your viewpoint, or the viewpoints of other motorists.

While the construction itself poses obvious hazards, other drivers making their way through work zones also present a threat to you. This is especially true when they drive carelessly in work areas, which, regrettably, is a common occurrence. In 2014, for example, speed had a hand in nearly 30 percent of all fatal work zone crashes that occurred that year. Alcohol consumption, meanwhile, was a factor in a quarter of all of 2014’s fatal construction zone crashes.

Navigating your way through road construction zones requires an extra level of care, but other motorists, as well as construction companies and their workers, must also exercise caution to keep you safe.

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