Inattentive Driver Crashes into Construction Equipment
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
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
Listen to the signs.