How visual cues help keep drivers safe near construction zones

Nov 14, 2020 | Firm News

If you see other cars in your vicinity slowing down, it might be a clue that you need to reduce your vehicle’s speed as well. However, it can still be difficult to figure out how much slower you need to go to account for the changing road conditions. The use of variable speed limits might make it easier to stay safe while approaching work areas on roads in Alabama and throughout the country.

Variable speed limits can help to reduce congestion

According to a study from an associate professor at the University of Missouri, variable speed limits reduced congestion around construction zones by an average of 53%. As there were fewer vehicles gathering in a centralized location, there were fewer rear-end collisions or disputes between motorists while attempting to change lanes. According to the study results, rear-end collisions were reduced by 30% in areas that were subject to variable speed limits. Furthermore, there was a 20% reduction in conflicts between drivers attempting to change lanes.

You aren’t going to experience significant delays

Variable speed limit systems won’t cause significant delays during your commute to or from work or school. Research suggests that creating designated speed limits for construction zones increased travel times by no more than 8%. In most cases, you won’t even realize that you have encountered a delay.

If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident in a construction zone or anywhere else, it may be possible to seek compensation from the person who caused the crash. An attorney might use photos or witness statements to show that a car collision was caused by another driver’s reckless actions. Compensation may help to pay for medical bills incurred while you’re seeking treatment for broken bones, a sore back or a cracked skull.