According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an average of more than 100 road workers in Texas and around the country are struck and killed every month because a driver failed to move over when passing highway work. Certainly, these accidents are completely preventable, and researchers are working hard to find out what gets drivers’ attention to encourage them to pull over.
Variable message sign
A variable message road sign is one that is electric and can be programmed to flash and show multiple messages. When mounted to a vehicle, researchers noticed drivers seemed to pay attention to the sign and follow directions to move over. In fact, when the sign was operational, 95% of all passing drivers pulled over into adjacent lanes giving road workers a safe space from car accidents.
Mounted light patterns with tow trucks
Tow truck drivers are especially susceptible to the dangers of careless motorists when they are on the job. However, studies show that when a tow truck displays a light pattern sign instructing drivers to move over, most vehicles obey the request. This is true during the day and at night.
Street cones and flares
Street cones and flares do not seem to illicit the same response from drivers as lighted, motion-oriented signs. However, when flares were utilized with patterned light signs, there was a significant increase in vehicles moving over decreasing the likelihood of an auto accident.
Road workers who have been the victim of an accident due to a driver’s negligent actions often have to face a long and stressful road to recovery. However, keeping good records regarding accident injuries and pursuing all available legal options can bring life-changing results. Taking the necessary steps to protect the rights of the victims and their families could quickly ensure full financial and medical recovery.