Now that warm weather is here in Ohio, it not only means that more people will be outside enjoying it, but also that road construction season is here. Interstates, highways and residential areas will undergo construction to repair or even widen roads. In some cases, major projects might begin, causing some major roadways to go down to a single lane. Just like road construction is necessary, safety among those working on the roads is also important. Motor vehicles are constantly traveling by these workers, putting them at risk of being involved in a serious or even fatal construction site accident.
Based on current statistics from the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, 96,626 crashes occurred in work zones in 2015. This was an increase of 7.8 percent from 2014, which experienced a 42 percent increase from 2013. Based on this information, a work zone crash occurred every 5.4 minute in 2015.