This week, Department of Transportation organizations across the country kicked off National Work Zone Awareness Week. This is an annual event to encourage safety for both workers and travelers through our country's highway work zones. This campaign is especially important at this time of year, when so many highways are undergoing spring and summer maintenance to repair the damage left by the harsh winter weather. This year, the theme of National Work Zone Awareness Week is "Expected The Unexpected". This theme was used 15 years ago, and is focused on showing drivers why it is so critical to be alert, cautious, and attentive while driving through road construction.
Hopefully, the awareness week will help to prevent some of the accidents and fatalities that occur every year when drivers pass through work zones. Last year, PennDOT reported that just under 25 people were killed in highway construction site crashes. PennDOT is also launching a social media campaign to encourage safety while driving through work zones, which is called #Slow4Zone. To learn more about the program, please go to JustDrivePA.org.
Many people who have traveled on Pennsylvania's state highways have most likely noticed the large amount of aggressive and inattentive drivers. Although many travelers are conscientious and considerate, many others are aggressive, speed, and frequently switch lanes without signaling. This is a serious problem, especially when traveling through work zones. As a result, Pennsylvania has a high number of car accidents, which can lead to serious injuries and fatalities for people in neighboring cars and trucks, as well as for our state's highway construction workers. If you or a loved one has been in an accident due to the fault of another, it might be time to consult with an attorney. Attorney Doug Stoehr represents clients in Blair and the surrounding counties in central and western Pennsylvania. For more information on his law firm, please visit his website at http://www.stoehrlaw.com or call his office at 814-946-4100.