5 Ways to Improve Safety Around California Road Construction Zones
In many cases, the only step that is taken to reduce traffic accidents and worker injury near road construction is to reduce the speed limit. The truth of the matter is that there are at least five ways that safety around these zones can be improved. Keep reading to learn what they are and then contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 for a free legal consultation if you have been injured in this type of accident.
- Add Temporary Speed Bumps One of the best ways to deter cut-through motorists, temporary speed bumps can help prevent drivers from using area roads or side streets to bypass construction unsafely. These drivers are often on their way to or from work and are more likely than other drivers to speed in residential zones. This increases the likelihood of car accidents, pedestrian accidents, and bike accidents.
- Raised Crosswalksl Also known as elevated speed tables, raised crosswalks give drivers a better view of upcoming pedestrians. Not only do raised crosswalks help prevent car accidents, but they are also helpful for motorists and pedestrians alike. They are especially smart to use on higher-traffic construction areas where drivers are not used to needing to stop for pedestrians.
- Extending Curbsl Extending curbs is both prettier and effective. It helps to shorten the distance pedestrians are required to walk in order to cross the street. When the sidewalk’s width is extended into the parking lane, the roadway becomes narrower – which also works to remind motorists that they need to slow down and pay closer attention than normal.
- Chicanesl If you do not know this word do not feel bad – it is a French verb that essentially means “to trick.” In this context, chicanes are methods that calm traffic by adding artificial turns in the road. This requires drivers to slow down in order to get through the twisty road. These can also add to curb appeal during construction.
- Raised Mediansl Elevated islands built into the middle of a road under construction can provide a physical barrier between lanes of traffic. They can also be helpful in preventing pedestrian accidents because they provide a shielded place for them to cross. These are most commonly seen on boulevards but they can be used anywhere.
Of course, nothing is going to prevent 100% of accidents in construction zones. If you are victim to one of these accidents, contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 to request a free legal consultation. Depending on the specifics of your case, we may be able to find a way for you to get compensation for the damages you have suffered. Call now and let us get started on your case right away.