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Watch Out for Workers on the Road

The weather is warmer, and the schools are out for the year. That means it’s officially road construction season along the Front Range. As you travel to and fro, whether you are heading to work or running errands, make sure to keep an eye out for workers on the road. There are numerous roadworks underway from Colorado Springs to Fort Collins. When possible, it is best to plan your routes around these to avoid traffic and potential accidents. Because you can’t avoid every work zone, it is imperative to stay alert so that distracted driving doesn’t cause a crash.

Stay Alert and Slow Down

Pay close attention to warning signs and electronic message boards notifying you of impending construction projects or active construction ahead. When approaching a road construction zone, slow down and obey the posted speed limits. Most highway construction zones will slow down to between 45-55 MPH, while projects within city limits and country roads are far lower.

Avoid Distractions

Distracted driving is a leading cause of motor vehicle accidents in work zones. When approaching a work zone and while traveling through the area, avoid all distractions. Don’t touch the radio. Don’t adjust the air conditioning. Don’t talk on the phone. Focus on the road ahead and scan from side to side for any workers or machinery in motion. Staying mindful of your surroundings at all times is the most effective accident prevention behavior you can practice.

Don’t Tailgate

Always give yourself extra stopping distance when traveling through a road construction zone. This is especially important in “stop and go” traffic, where cars can move forward quickly and stop just as suddenly. Rather than quickly accelerating, it is best to gradually accelerate until the traffic reaches a steady and consistent speed.

Pay Attention To the Road Surface

Road construction zones may have gravel and other construction debris that falls into the active road. Stay alert for concrete, gravel, sand, and other debris that can diminish traction or pose a hazard to navigation.

Make Sure Your Lights Are On

Daytime running lights increase your visibility. They make it easier for road construction workers to see oncoming vehicles. This helps ensure they won’t accidentally step out in front of your vehicle.

We encourage you to stay safe on your summer drives. However, if accidents occur, we invite you to contact Sloat, Nicholson & Hoover, P.C. at (303) 447-1144 to learn more about the legal representation we offer motorists in Boulder and along the Colorado Front Range.

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