North Carolina auto accidents can happen at any time and on any roadway.
However, accidents may be more likely to occur in construction zones for many reasons including sudden lane changes, driver confusion and narrow roadways. Accidents in construction zones can be especially dangerous both for drivers and for road workers and everyone needs to do their part to help stop these risky North Carolina auto accidents from occurring.
This Thanksgiving holiday, North Carolina is doing its part to help curb auto accidents in construction zones by suspending construction activities on major state roadways.
Our Greensboro accident lawyers applaud the state’s efforts to prevent injuries and encourage drivers to also be safe and take steps to minimize the risk of auto accidents.
North Carolina Suspends Construction Activities to Help Avoid Auto Accidents
According to a November announcement by the North Carolina Department of Transportation, road construction on most major roadways will be suspended from 4:00 P.M. on Tuesday November 20, 2012 until Monday November 26, 2012. The NC DOT has made this announcement with the hopes of helping motorists to save time and money, but it likely will also help to make the streets safer for the holiday traffic.
With the suspension in effect, there are only five areas where construction will still be occurring during the thanksgiving holiday. These areas are listed on the NC DOT website and include areas on I-73; U.S. 421; U.S. 74/76; U.S. 17 and N.C. 12. Whenever possible, drivers should avoid these construction areas or time their travel in these locations to off-peak hours in order to avoid delays and reduce accident risk.
The NC DOT also advises travelers that they can obtain real time traffic information by calling 511; accessing a mobile version of the NC DOT website on their smart phone or following the DOT on Twitter.
Advice for Drivers on Avoiding Construction-Zone Auto Accidents
Following the NC DOT’s lead, drivers in North Carolina should also make smart choices this holiday season to try to minimize the risk of accidents. Avoiding construction zones is one important way to do this. When drivers do need to travel through a construction zone, they should always obey posted speed limits and be alert and vigilant. Distracted or drowsy driving becomes even more dangerous in these special road areas.
North Carolina drivers should also ensure they abide by state Move Over Laws. Move Over Laws exist in the majority of jurisdictions throughout the United States, including both North Carolina and South Carolina. Move over laws require drivers to move their vehicles over one lane whenever possible if there are stopped emergency vehicles on the shoulder of the highway. Public service vehicles with amber lights and flashing lights all trigger the move over rule, and when moving over is not possible, drivers should slow down until they have safely passed the stopped vehicle.
Following these safety precautions is a smart choice over Thanksgiving and whenever you are on the roads in order to help you avoid an auto accident in the Carolinas.
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a car crash, contact the Lee Law Offices today for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your case. Call 800-887-1965.
North Carolina Traffic Safety: Signs, Congestion and Construction Safety, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, November 6, 2012
AAA Carolina Ranks Safest Cities for Travelers, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, October 30, 2012