No one likes to encounter a construction zone when traveling for work or leisure, but you would be wise to slow down and exercise vigilance when navigating them. Georgia’s work zones present numerous hazards, making them common sites for crashes involving injuries and fatalities.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 52 people died in wrecks that took place in Georgia’s work zones in 2018. The number of road deaths in work zones also more than doubled between 2014 and 2017, with 55 people dying in work zone crashes during that span.
Additional Georgia work zone crash statistics
While the number of people dying in work zones across Georgia is on the rise, so, too, is the number of motorists and passengers suffering serious injuries in these areas. In 2018, there were a total of 27,235 crashes in state work zones, resulting in 8,928 injuries.
National work zone crash statistics
On the national level, work zone wreck rates are not unlike those seen in Georgia. Nationally, work zone crash deaths climbed 32% between 2013 and 2017, with 799 work zone road deaths occurring within this period.
Work zone safety tips
Safety advocates attest that you should be able to lower your work zone crash risk by avoiding tailgating and following the guidance of all flaggers and road signs. Be sure, too, to be vigilant and attentive to all flaggers and construction workers working in the roadway.
When possible, you may want to avoid areas where you know work zones exist. Doing so may save you time, but it may also save your life.