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Spring prompts call for road work safety awareness in N.C.

Spring is here. That's not just a label associated with the change in the weather. It also marks the start of road construction season in much of the country, including North Carolina.

Not surprisingly, the convergence of milder weather and increased road work has state officials working to make sure that everyone is on a heightened level of awareness. Earlier this month, to mark National Work Zone Awareness Week, the Department of Transportation issued a call for drivers to slow down through work zones. 

That's seen as a crucial step in helping reduce worker injuries on the job. As a side benefit, of course, fewer workplace accidents reduce workers' compensation claims. Such insurance is in place to ensure injured workers get the financial support needed to achieve optimal recovery. To avoid the frustration that filing a claim can entail, it can help to work with an experienced attorney.

According to state officials the importance of greater awareness in road work areas can't be overstated. They note that in 2013, 13 people were killed in work zone accidents in the state. More than 1,700 others were injured in such incidents. Officials note that most of those accidents result from drivers speeding through work zones or because of driver distraction.

To bring further perspective to the matter, officials reveal that there are more than 150 major road construction projects are typically underway at any given time. They aren't all on freeways, either. They could be on federal and state highways and county roads, too.

So the encouragement from the state is for all drivers to focus on driving, obey speed limits, maintain safe distances between vehicles and expect the unexpected. 

Source: WFSC-AM, "NCDOT stresses work zone safety with travel, construction increasing," Keith Giles, April 11, 2014

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