Speed Cameras in Work Zones Improve Safety for Workers and MotoristsNovember 13, 2018
Speeding is one of the top causes of car accidents in this country, despite the posted speed limit signs everywhere from local roads to interstate highways. When motorists are speeding as they approach a work zone, it can have devastating consequences for the workers on site.
Fortunately, many states have begun installing speed cameras in work zones in an effort to prevent this dangerous driving behavior that can jeopardize the safety of work zone employees.
How do Speed Zone Cameras Work?
As motorists approach a work zone where speed cameras have already been installed, there are signs posted that alert the drivers that there are speed cameras in use. Maryland is one of several states that has been using speed cameras, and others are starting to recognize their value.
In fact, in October 2018, the Pennsylvania state Senate voted on legislation that would allow speed cameras to be placed in active work zones. However, the law only guarantees a five-year pilot program that lawmakers will need to revisit, a process that could be avoided if the law were made permanent.
The camera law also appears to favor motorists over the work zone employees, who are at greater risk of being seriously injured if hit by a speeding car. For example, the first speeding violation of 11 miles per hour over the speed limit would result in a warning. The second offense carries a $75 fine, and the third results in a $150 fine. In addition, motorists have the opportunity to challenge the penalties.
Obeying the speed limit in a work zone can avoid steep fines, but more importantly, it helps prevent serious accidents that can endanger the lives of work zone employees.
Work Zone Accident Statistics
- In 2014, 669 work zone employees were fatally injured in accidents involving motor vehicles.
- In 2015, over 40 percent of work zone employees reported that at least one worker had been hit by a car at the construction work zone during the year.
- Approximately 25 percent of car accidents occur on rural roads, and close to 20 percent occur on rural interstates, both of which have higher speeds and limited space for workers to maneuver.
- Close to 20 percent of fatalities occur on urban interstates or freeway systems, which place road workers in close proximity to motor vehicles traveling at high speeds.
- During inclement weather, work zones can be particularly dangerous when motorists are speeding. If a driver loses control of his or her vehicle when approaching a work zone, it can cause multiple injuries and fatalities to the work zone employees on site.
Baltimore Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Protect the Rights Work Zone Accident Victims
If you or a loved one have been seriously injured at a work zone by a motorist who was speeding, do not hesitate to contact the Baltimore Workers’ Compensation lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton. Our skilled and experienced legal team is committed to protecting your rights and securing the maximum financial benefits you deserve for your injuries. We will help you navigate the claims process and address all your questions and concerns along the way. To schedule a free, confidential consultation, call us today at 844-556-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.