There are currently no nationally recognized definitions of work zones or work-zone accidents
Every state has its own unique definitions of these items. This makes it impossible to determine the nationwide impact of road construction on the safety of the traveling public. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is currently involved in an effort to develop a standardized definition of work zone. Ultimately, this effort will allow researchers the opportunity to assess the current state of work-zone safety and to recommend possible countermeasures to eliminate or mitigate safety problems.
Accidents in work zones can be caused by a variety of factors, including:
- Inattentive drivers.
- Drivers who are unsure of work zone traffic control directions.
- Those who drive aggressively to minimize delay.
- Work zone areas that are unclearly marked.
- Failure to provide proper personnel to control traffic.
- Improper placement of barricades, signs, and other traffic control devices.