How many people are dying in construction zone accidents each year? What are the most common causes of these fatalities? With road construction season just around the corner, motorists need to stay alert for construction zones that will pop up throughout Kansas. Work zone fatalities remain considerably high, and motorists should slow down and stay alert when approaching and passing through construction zones.
Deaths in Work Zones Nationwide
In 2018, there were 671 fatal crashes in work zones in the United States. This was slightly lower than the three-year average of 687. These accidents caused 754 fatalities, which was also somewhat lower than the three-year average of 767.3. Of these accidents, 203 fatal crashes involved trucks. This was marginally higher than the three-year average of 193.3. These accidents caused 228 fatalities, which was just under the three-year average of 232.
Eight bus accidents in work zones occurred in 2018, which was twice the three-year average of four. These accidents caused ten fatalities, which were just over the three-year average of 9.3.
There were also 121 fatal accidents that involved pedestrians. This was more than the three-year average of 116.7. These crashes claimed 122 lives, which was higher than the three-year average of 115.3.
Kansas Fatal Work Zone Accidents and Fatalities
In 2018, there were five fatal crashes in Kansas work zones This was lower than the three-year average of 6.3. These accidents claimed six lives, which was a considerable reduction from the three-year average of eight. In all, three of these accidents involved large trucks. This was lower than the three-year average of four. These accidents claimed four lives, which was lower than the three-year average of 5.7. Over the past ten years, 2017 was the deadliest year on record, with a total of 12 work zone fatalities. Of these deaths, ten involved motor vehicle accidents.
Injuries in Work Zones
In 2018, there were a total of 94,000 crashes in work zones. This was a dramatic drop from the three-year average of 114,667. Of these, 25,000 caused personal injuries. This was considerably higher than the three-year average of 29.67. In total, these crashes caused 37,000 personal injuries, which was 5,333 less than the three-year average of 42,333.
A total of 2,000 crashes, or half of the three-year average of 1,133 involving pedestrians, caused 1,000 injuries. Even though the accident rate was nearly half as many, these accidents caused nearly as many injuries as the three-year average of 1,133.
Contact Brad Pistotnik Law at 1-800-241-BRAD or call us on our local line at 316-684-4400. Our firm represents clients injured in construction zone accidents in Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, or Texas. Day or night, holidays or weekends, we are available to give you the answers you need. You can call Brad Pistotnik on his cell at 316-706-5020. You can reach Tony Atterbury on his cell at 316-617-9237.