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Tips for driving safely in a construction zone

No matter how hard you try, there will be times when you drive into a construction zone. When this happens, it's critical to adjust your driving style to protect your safety, along with that of other drivers and the many construction workers in the area.

Here are five tips to follow when driving in a construction zone:

  • Slow down: Keep your eyes open for a speed limit sign, as it's likely to be slower in a construction zone. Not only does speeding through a construction zone increase the risk of an accident, but it can also get you in a lot of trouble with the law.
  • Watch for flaggers: Depending on the type of construction zone, flaggers may be present to tell you what to do. Always follow their commands, because neglecting to do so can cause an accident.
  • Take your time: Even if you're in a hurry, patience is an absolute must when driving in a construction zone. Along with this, watch for drivers who are aggressive, perhaps because they're in a hurry to reach their destination and frustrated with the situation.
  • Avoid distractions: When traffic slows in a construction zone, you may turn your attention to the radio, your cellphone or conversing with passengers. All of these things, among many other distractions, will take your attention off the road and the dangers of the construction zone.
  • Don't change lanes too often: If there's a sign noting that you should stay in your lane, it's critical to do so. There's a reason for this. Even if you're not required to do so in a construction zone, it's best to stay put. The more you change lanes, the more likely it is that you'll cause an accident.

Even if you're driving safely in a construction zone, you're still at risk of an accident. This can result from the negligence of another driver, or even a mistake made by a construction vehicle or worker.

If you find yourself in this situation, move to safety and call 911. It's best to wait in your vehicle for paramedics and police to arrive.

As time allows, file an insurance claim and learn more about seeking compensation for your injuries and other accident-related damages.

Visit our website for an overview of the many steps to take after a motor vehicle accident in Colorado.

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