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Inattentive Driver Crashes into Construction Equipment

March 5, 2020

Delaware officials are urging the public to slow down after a distracted driver struck another vehicle, hurdling it into a truck mounted attenuator (TMA). A TMA is a safety barrier that is attached a construction truck and is meant to protect road workers.  

 

 

Minor injuries were reported. If you have been injured due to the negligence of another, the Lawyers at Kimmel, Carter, Roman, Peltz & O'Neill are able to help. 

It is imperative to stay attentive while driving, and to be aware of your surroundings - especially on the highways. Delaware has 39 construction projects currently under way, with over 100 being planned for the near future. As the summer months draw near, it is crucial to heed speed limits, to slow down in construction zones, and to be aware of the other drivers on the road.  

 

Tips to Follow 

The Federal Highway Administration recommends following these guidelines for safe driving in work zones:

  

  • Stay Alert and Minimize Distractions

    • Dedicate your full attention to the roadway

  • Avoid changing the radio station, using a mobile phone, eating, or other distractions that can remove your concentration from the road

  • Keep Your Headlights On

  • Pay Attention to the Road

    • "Listen to the signs"

    • Watch brake lights on vehicles ahead

    • Watch traffic around you and be prepared to react

  • Merge into the Proper Lane

    • Merge well before you reach the lane closure

    • Be aware that traffic patterns can change daily

  • Don't tailgate

    • Follow other vehicles at a safe distance

  • Obey the Posted Speed Limit

    • Workers may be present just feet away

    • Fines may be doubled for moving traffic violations

    • Be prepared to slow down further if conditions indicate the need

  • Change Lanes Safely

    • Change lanes only where pavement markings indicate, and only when traffic conditions permit

  • Follow Instructions from Flaggers

  • Expect the Unexpected

    • Workers, work vehicles, or equipment may enter your lane without warning

    • Other vehicles may slow, stop, or change lanes unexpectedly

  • Be Patient

  • Listen to the signs.

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