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Cones Gone Wild

Traffic Cones
Gone Wild

By: Jason Neufeld
Posted in: car accident lawyer, Fort Lauderdale

Traffic cone misplacement can cause deadly auto accidents. This is particularly true in South Florida busy construction sites. No matter which route you choose, there is always a construction project going on. It can be frustrating during rush hour when traffic cones go wild as drivers may veer into another lane trying to dodge the cone, which can result in a fatal car accident.

Who places traffic cones?

The construction company is responsible for placing and maintaining traffic cones. The contractor is particularly responsible for the inspection of these or any other traffic control devices. Failure to properly place them can put drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians, as well as construction workers at risk of being seriously ill.

Who is at fault for these accidents?

Whether the accident involves a cone or barrel marking an upcoming construction site, the construction company generally shares responsibility for the accident together with the other driver. Construction zones are especially dangerous at night due to the lack of visibility. This is generally the time many construction workers and crews are out there taking advantage of the quiet roads. The fewer cars, the less opportunities for an accident, except on the weekends when most people are out at night.

Florida ranks high for construction zone accidents

Florida is among the top three states for construction site accidents together with California, and Texas. About 66% of construction fatalities, involve some form of transportation, the rest are mainly caused by debris. In many transportation accidents, vehicles trying to maneuver in the construction site strike a pedestrian.

A lot of money has been invested in Florida in an effort to make our roads safer, especially construction work zones. But in spite of signs being posted accordingly, many drivers are still speeding with no regards for the safety of other drivers and workers in these sites. One particular thing that makes these areas so dangerous is a modified lane. The lane changes marked with solid lines are often unpredictable and some drivers may take advantage of the situation to change lanes. Distracted driving is also another important factor to consider. Distracted drivers texting or talking on the phone while driving are very common in South Florida therefore more disasters can occur.

Avoiding a crash

Construction zone accidents can happen suddenly. This is why it is important that drivers navigate these sites with extreme caution. Some helpful tips include:

  • Stay alert at all times – Pay attention to sudden lane shifts, uneven road conditions, or construction equipment entering the construction site.
  • Avoid tailgating – Always expect the driver in front of you to stop, which will probably happen, especially in construction zones. Keep a safe distance so if anything happens you can stop safely.
  • Slow down – Posted speed limits are there for a reason and speeding tickets can be very expensive.
  • Avoid distractions – With the availability of technology, it can be a difficult thing to do but it is not impossible.

Call us today to schedule a case assessment with one of our talented car accident attorneys at 305-931-6666.