First responders are not the only ones putting their lives on the line each and everyday while on our roads. Anyone that that works on or near a roadway is putting their lives and their family’s future at risk.
The US Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration has some eye opening facts (Source https://ops.fhwa.dot.gov/wz/resources/facts_stats/safety.htm).
On average, in 2015:
- A work zone crash occurred once every 5.4 minutes.
- Every day, 70 work zone crashes occurred that resulted in at least one injury.
- Every week, 12 work zone crashes occurred that resulted in at least one fatality.
Work Zone Fatalities, in 2014:
- There were 607 fatal work zone crashes involving 669 fatalities.
- There were 669 fatalities from crashes in work zones.
- The 669 fatalities in work zone crashes equates to 1.8 work zone fatalities per day.
Location of Crashes of the 607 work zone fatal crashes. in 2014:
- 23% of fatal work zone crashes occurred on urban interstates
- 20% occurred on urban arterials.
- Together, urban freeways and arterials account for 43% of all work zone fatal crashes.
Type of Crash, in 2013:
- Of the 527 work zone fatal crashes, 41% of crashes were rear-end collisions.
As we live in a litigious society lawyers have taken notice as sited on the web site of the Dolman Law Group location in Clearwater, FL.
“Slow moving work vehicles that have improper or missing warning lights may not be seen until it is too late for the traffic driver to slow down. Often, dump trucks and similar equipment will back into the road in order to turn around or move the vehicle. Although traffic is expected to stop, it may not always be that easy. Also, high-intensity work lighting may be directed into the eyes of oncoming drivers, leaving them temporarily blinded and only guessing at what is in front of them.”
Vehicles working our interstate system are required to use class 1 warning lights but many companies, individuals and even some local DOT and municipal departments are cutting corners by using non SAE certified warning lights.
Is saving a “few bucks” worth the risk to you and your family?
SoundOff Signal nFORCE®, mPOWER® and nROAD® product lines are all SAE Class 1 certified. Progressive companies and DOT departments are now installing SoundOff Signal’s bluePRINT® control system in a “lite” form to bring “Automatic Logic” to the work zone.