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The danger of work zone accidents in Illinois

Work zones present all manner of dangers to drivers and workers alike. With narrow lanes and congested traffic, accidents can happen, and workers in those zones are directly in harm's way. Though lower speed limits do help, 2010 saw a full 87,606 crashes that happened in work zones. These resulted in 37,476 injuries.

In night driving situations and in work zones that were active and with some of the lanes closed, the most common type of accident was a rear-end collision, coming in at 38.4 percent. If the lanes were not closed, this dropped slightly to 33.6 percent, but it was still the leading type. Only when there was no active work and no closed lanes did fixed-object collisions reach up to 31.9 percent and become the most common.

During the day, rear-end crashes were even more common, coming in at 46.9 percent if there were workers on site and closed lanes. If there were not any closed lanes, the numbers actually went up to 54.4 percent, an interesting departure from the night trend. Even with no closed lanes and no workers, a full 48.7 percent of the crashes were rear-end collisions. In that situation, during the day, only 15.9 percent were fixed-object collisions.

On the whole, considering all types of crashes, there was one injury every 14 minutes in a work zone in 2010.

Have you been injured in a crash like this in Illinois? If so, it is very important for you to know exactly what legal rights you have, especially if you need financial compensation to help pay for medical costs.

Source: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, "Facts and Statistics - Work Zone Injuries and Fatalities" accessed Mar. 13, 2015

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