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Slow down: Devastating Traffic Accidents in Georgia work zones

Warm weather means road construction.  And road construction site accidents are often deadly.
 
The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) reports that approximately 32 people died in Georgia construction work zone car accidents in 2009. Nationwide, there were about 700 car crash deaths. Why do Georgia construction zone accidents occur?
 
The top causes of Georgia work zone accidents are speeding, tailgating, and distracted driving. Drivers also cause accidents when they ignore posted signs or instructions from a road crew flagger.
 
When there is a lot of construction or road work going on, drivers get frustrated with delays and forget to take safety precautions. They may get impatient and tailgate.  Or they may ignore signs and speed just to get back on their way. When drivers speed through work zones or talk on their cell phone while driving through a road work site, workers at the site are put at risk.  But the risk is even greater for the negligent driver and other drivers and their passengers on the road. Eight-five percent of all people killed in work zone crashes are drivers and their passengers, not construction workers.
 
If you or a loved one has been injured in a Georgia work zone accident caused by a negligent driver, that driver may be held liable for your medical bills, other financial losses and the pain and suffering caused by the accident. However, your Atlanta car accident settlement may depend on proper documentation of your claim.
 
To learn how to protect your claim, download a free copy of Atlanta auto injury attorney Shane Smith's book, 10 Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Georgia Wreck Case.
 
If you've been involved in a Georgia motor vehicle accident, an Atlanta auto injury attorney may be able to help you.  Please contact the Law Offices of Shane Smith at 770-HURT-999.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia