Constructive Driving Habits around Our Endless Construction

Forget the old saying about “death and taxes.” If there is one thing certain about life in and around Houston, it is “cones and construction.” We drive on some of the most crowded–and under construction–roadways in the nation. Sometimes, accidents do happen. For those needing an aggressive and effective car accident lawyer Houston residents should contact the team at Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P.

Many of us in the metro area monitor Houston TranStar for the latest traffic condition updates and send service requests to repair potholes on Houston 311. Despite our best efforts and the excellent resources available to us, our commutes can remain a source of frustration. The regularity with which we encounter construction projects means two things:

  1. There are efforts in place to improve the overcrowded road infrastructure presently in place, and
  2. Our chances of experiencing an unfortunate incident in one of these construction areas is more likely than if we lived outside of the metro.

Roadwork projects large and small make driving a challenge. Two large projects now underway will certainly cause us to tap our brakes. The expansion of exit-lane ramps and shoulders at 610 West Loop and the Southwest Freeway (U.S. 59) near the Galleria and work on Interstate 10 west of town between Brookshire and Katy are projects that will take years to complete. Hundreds of other smaller projects also confound us.

Work zones are dangerous to navigate, even in the best conditions. According to a 2014 document from the Federal Highway Administration, most fatalities in work zone crashes are working-age drivers. These fatal crashes tend to occur on roads where the permitted speed is above 50 mph. Most of these crashes involve a vehicle hitting a stopped or slowing vehicle in front of them. Often, drivers either misjudge the necessary stopping distance or allow distractions to catch their attention at the worst possible moment. Rubbernecking by one driver looking at a fender bender may lead to another collision.

When driving in construction zones, stay alert and remember these safety tips:

  • Watch for Distractions: Stay fully focused on the roadway. You can change the radio station or sip your coffee later. Remember that Texas law prohibits texting behind the wheel.
  • Give Yourself Distance and Time:Watch for brake lights, get into the proper lane sooner rather than later, and obey flaggers and signs. This is the time for defensive driving.
  • Make Your Presence Known: Keep headlights turned on. Use turn signals to show your intentions.
  • Prepare in Advance: Check TranStar before hitting the highway. Remember that speed limit fines are higher in construction zones. Patience now may save a life later.

Be sure to contact Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P. if you need a car accident lawyer Houston residents can trust to fight for their rights.

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https://www.smslegal.com/blog/ (Client’s blog)

http://www.houstontranstar.org/

https://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/wz/resources/fhwasa03012/

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http://abc13.com/traffic/when-driving-on-the-shoulder-is-legally-allowed-in-texas/3149028/