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picture of a work zone signWork zone motor vehicle crashes cause thousands of injuries and fatalities across the U.S. every year. While road work is a common part of our lives, many get impatient in the slower-moving traffic. This is especially true during warmer months when a lot of necessary repairs and upgrades are taking place.

No matter what state you may live in, construction and road workers face incredibly high risks for serious injuries due to reckless or inattentive drivers. In Michigan, the penalties these negligent drivers face for breaking the law is severe.

Read below how you can help avoid causing a serious accident, protect our road workers in Michigan and yourself from legal troubles. If another driver’s careless behavior causes you to suffer harm, our car accident lawyers in Grand Rapids are here to help.

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What Exactly is a Work Zone in Michigan?

A work zone is an area along a local street or highway where roadwork is being done. To help ensure the safety of both workers and motorists, this work necessitates the need for detours and slower speeds. Work zones are marked in many ways, such as by:

  • Flashing lights to let you know how traffic is being redirected
  • Bright orange barriers
  • Channeling devices
  • Flaggers
  • Pavement markings
  • Work vehicles
  • Signs alerting you about an upcoming work zone (i.e., Road Work Ahead, Flaggers Ahead)

The safety of the people who work in these areas are largely dependent on the care you and other motorists take as you drive past.

What to Expect in Michigan if You Speed Through a Work Zone

Michigan takes the safety of its road workers very seriously. If someone is caught speeding through a work zone area, penalties are severe and include:

Violators Who Injure or Kill a Worker Face Heavy Fines and Jail time

Reckless drivers who cause a work zone accident that injures or kills a road worker can expect:

Why is Michigan so tough on drivers in work zone areas? Because in 2019, the state’s Office of Highway Safety Planning revealed these sobering statistics:

How You Can Avoid Causing a Work Zone Crash

Keep informed about Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) current construction areas and avoid them whenever possible.

If you are unable to take a detour around a work zone, here are a few steps you can take to help keep you and others safer:

Sometimes accidents may happen despite our best efforts. If this occurs, it is critical that you move your car away from moving traffic, call 9-1-1 immediately, remain calm and stay at the scene. Failure to remain at the scene and call police can lead to a ticket, severe penalties and jail time.

Get Legal Help from an Experienced Attorney

At Jay Trucks, we have decades of experience helping injured road workers and other victims injured in work zone crashes.

If you or a loved one suffered a serious or fatal injury because of a reckless driver in a work zone, we are prepared to help you hold the at-fault party accountable. We have recovered millions in compensation and are ready to fight to help you pursue a maximum recovery. There are no upfront costs if we represent you, and we only get paid our fee if we recover compensation for you.

Get your free case review. Call: (800) 762-8623