Last year, Texas had the most work zone crash fatalities by far over any other state. In 2014, there were 146 work zone crash fatalities in Texas, which was a 20 percent increase over 2013. The state with the second largest number of work zone fatalities was Florida, which had 69. Many people assume that most people who are killed in work zone crashes are roadside workers, but actually about 87 percent of people killed in work zone accidents are drivers.
One reason Texas leads the way in work zone crashes could be because Texas has a huge number of work zones. There are typically over 2,500 active work zones in Texas at any given time. In addition to the sheer size of the state, one reason there are so many work zones is that about 400,000 people move to Texas each year, and the roads must be constantly updated in order to accommodate the surging population. The total number of work zone crashes in Texas in 2013 rose to 19,393, which is a 12 percent increase over 2013.
TxDOT is urging everyone to be careful in work zones. The top two reasons for work zone crashes are a failure to control speed and driver inattention. If a person drives recklessly through a work zone, and another person is injured or killed as a result, the accident victim can seek compensation from the careless driver. The injured individual may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses, and lost wages.
Call the Houston accident attorneys if you have been injured in a work zone crash because of the negligence of another driver. You may be entitled to compensation.