Saying that you should never approach road works at all is perhaps a little on the over-cautious side of things, and certainly somewhat impractical advice. You may, after all, have no choice but to approach road works on your way to work, for instance.
It is probably much wiser to say that you should never approach road works without due care and attention.
Never approach road works without due care
It is all too easy to cause or get involved in a road traffic accident when approaching road works. Some of the most common mistakes drivers make on their approach to road works include:
- Driving in the wrong lane until the last minute
- Approaching road works at excessive speeds
- Not looking out for road work-related traffic or workers
Swapping lanes at the last minute, suddenly braking sharply, or having to swerve to avoid workers or road-working vehicles and equipment, could easily lead to more or less serious accidents on the road.
Other reasons why you should never approach road works at speed include the risk of drastically changing surface conditions having the potential to cause:
- Damage to your tyres, especially during resurfacing work
- Vehicle collisions by slipping or spinning on muddy, greasy or very wet surfaces
- Damage to your windscreen by loose gravel or grit being flung up against it
It becomes clear that approaching road works in an appropriately considerate, careful and reasonably slow manner is vital in order to prevent motoring accidents.
When others are at fault
Even the most careful approach may, however, not be enough to prevent a car or motorcycling accident near road works unless other road users act in the same responsible fashion. If you were injured in a car crash caused by another road user, there is a good chance that you may be able to claim driver or passenger injury compensation.
How to claim
We established Accident Advice Helpline over 15 years ago to help people injured in traffic accidents get the compensation they deserve for their pain and suffering. Our years of experience mean we can help you get compensated for your pain, suffering and financial losses incurred as a result of your accident on the road.
Have a confidential, no-obligation chat about your traffic accident with an advisor on our freephone helpline number 0800 689 0500, or call 0333 500 0993 from your mobile today for more detailed information on when and how to claim.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice