Construction zones are a necessary, if annoying, part of life in Virginia, and as communities grow in size and more drivers use the same roads, the need for road construction increases. Work zones create many risks and hazards for motorists and passengers though, and many crashes, injuries and fatalities occur in these areas.
According to the Virginia Department of Transportation, Virginia sees an average of 7.3 work zone car wrecks every day across the state.
Virginia work zone crash statistics
In 2019, there were a total of 2,523 work zone car crashes that took place on state roadways. Northern Virginia was particularly hard-hit in terms of work zone car crashes, with 727 of the 2,523 work zone wrecks occurring in this part of the state.
National work zone crash statistics
A review of all work zone crashes occurring nationwide has revealed what characteristics these crashes often share in common. In four out of every five fatal work zone crashes, the people who lose their lives are the drivers, rather than passengers or construction workers. A work zone injury occurs every 14 minutes across the United States, and a work zone road death takes place every 15 hours.
Work zone crash hazards
Part of the reason work zones are so dangerous is because there are so many hazards present within a small area. Loose gravel, unclear detours and poor signage often contribute to work zone car wrecks. Negligence on the part of other drivers is also a frequent factor.
If you know a work zone exists in a certain area, give yourself some extra time to navigate it or consider trying to find an alternate route.