Road work is a constant in the summer on Hialeah and Florida roads, as communities strive to fix the roads and add infrastructure. Unfortunately, summer is also a time when many visitors come to enjoy Florida beaches, and the added traffic and congestion caused by road work can be a real danger. Road work means unexpected road conditions, added truck traffic, and more pedestrians in the work area. It can also mean that entire roadways or lanes are closed, causing congestion and frayed tempers. To avoid some of the problems that can lead to a Hialeah traffic accident, make sure to plan ahead:
1) Plan ahead so that you know where road work is taking place. One of the easiest ways to prevent a Hialeah truck accident caused by roadwork is to simply listen to traffic reports in order to plan your driving routes more efficiently. If you need to get somewhere fast, listen to the traffic reports so that you are prepared ahead of time for accidents, road work, and other delays.
2) Try to avoid road work areas, especially when congestion is likely to happen. During rush hour and during times when time is of the essence, look for ways to avoid road work. Listen to traffic reports and plan an alternate route. Avoiding congested areas is a good way to avoid Hialeah truck accidents and will make your drive much easier as well.
3) Give yourself plenty of time. If you cannot avoid a construction or road work area, don’t rush. Give yourself extra time to get to your destination, and call ahead if you need to let others know that you have been detained during traffic. Trying to rush through a road work area increases the risk of a Hialeah car collision, and also increases the likelihood of road rage.
4) Keep your eye on the road and the signs. When proceeding through a road work area, look out for signs and instructions from workers. Traffic may be rerouted through areas and information may be posted. If adequate information is not posted, alert the city. Correct signage in a road work area is essential to keep traffic flowing smoothly and to prevent Hialeah truck accidents.
5) Follow instructions and slow down. When approaching a road work area, slow down and follow instructions, whether they are in the form of signs or workers directing traffic. Road work areas have their own rules, so make sure that you follow the new, temporary rules.
6) Do not drive distracted. Road work areas usually have heavy trucks as well as pedestrian traffic as workers fix the infrastructure. Being distracted is likely to lead to a Hialeah pedestrian accident or traffic accident because the traffic in work areas is so unexpected. Put away your mobile devices and focus on driving. As well, keep your eyes on the road. One reason why work areas do result in accidents is because drivers will sometimes pay attention to the work being done and miss signs, causing an accident.
7) Stay calm. It`s easy to get upset by delays and congestion, but getting angry is likely to lead to road rage and distraction, which is dangerous on the road. Stay as calm as you can and if you find that you do not deal well with congestion, avoid work areas when planning your driving routes in the summer.
If you have been injured in a Hialeah traffic accident, contact the Flaxman Law Group. The initial consultation with the Flaxman Law Group is free and comes with no obligation, giving you a chance to ask questions and get insight into your case.