Road Closures and Low Visibility Heighten Accident Risks

Because of the extreme weather conditions we’ve been seeing in the area, officials with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) were unable to have N.C. 12 in Dare County completed in time for Thanksgiving travel.

Drivers are asked to plan their trips accordingly and to avoid the area altogether. Check for road closures and for shoddy weather before heading out.
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“With recent weather conditions and another forecasted Nor’easter on the way, we will be unable to fully reopen N.C. 12 by Thanksgiving, but are working with the Ferry Division to accommodate the demands of holiday travelers,” said he Division Engineer with NCDOT, Jerry Jennings.

Our Greenville car accident lawyers understand that the high winds and the overwash along much of our state’s coast land areas are causing some dangerous driving conditions and closed roadways. When a road is closed by transportation officials, drivers don’t get much warning. When a road is closed, officials with the DOT have to wait for the conditions to correct themselves to make sure everyone is safe. During these times, drivers should avoid the area altogether.

To find out the status of this route or other road conditions, you can call 511 or you can visit the NCDOT’s travel information webpage.

Drivers are asked to be safe out there when crews are at work. We’ve already had one incident, which left a roadside worker dead in the Highway 12 work zone. According to WAVY, it happened at about 1:00 a.m. when a dump truck with the NCDOT slammed into another dump truck that was broken down on the side of the road. The driver was killed instantly. It all happened about 3 miles south of the Bonner Bridge. Crews were in the area working to remove sand that was dumped in the area by Hurricane Sandy. Officials with the NCDOT and the North Carolina Highway Patrol are further investigating the accident.

In the state of North Carolina, there were close to 10 workers killed in work zones in 2010, according to the National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse. Many of these fatalities could have been prevented if drivers were to pay a little more attention to what they’re doing behind the wheel. These workers are there putting in their time and effort to keep our roadways safe for you. Let’s help to keep them safe, too.

It’s especially important that we’re safe behind the wheel during poor weather conditions. This not only includes rain and snow, but fog and smoke as well. When visibility is reduced out there, we have to adjust our driving habits to help to ensure our safety. When traveling through a work zone or when traveling through low-visibility conditions, slow down, pay attention and drive defensively. These are three tips that can help to save lives.

If you or someone in your family has been injured or killed in a car accident, contact the Lee Law Offices, P.A. for a free and confidential consultation. Call 1-800-887-1965 to speak with a car accident lawyer today.

More Blog Entries:

Risk of Carolina Traffic Accidents Increase over Thanksgiving Holiday, North Carolina Accident Lawyers Blog, November 15, 2012

North Carolina Traffic Safety: Signs, Congestion and Construction Safety, North Carolina Accident Lawyers Blog, November 6, 2012

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