How many times a day do you go through road construction? With the stimulus programs of 2009 with the infrastructure, we see more and more construction.
A student driver was going through Rockford, Ill., on I-90. The trainer was in the sleeper. The student driver encountered construction and the concrete barriers were taking more of the lane than necessary. He had very little room for the 18-wheeler.
The driver got tangled up with a concrete carrier and before he could get off, the tractor was pulled up the barrier turning over. The screeching of metal sliding sideways down the highway seemed like it would never stop.
Both drivers were air lifted to the hospital with serious head injuries. Traffic was backed up in both directions for hours while the cargo was hand transferred to another trailer.
The trainer was less severely injured than the student driver and has returned to work, however, the student driver will never return to work. His injuries have rendered him incapable of taking care of himself.
Accidents with injuries are tragedies at any level, but to be left incapacitated without any hope has to stand in great measure. Questions and anxieties become the order of the day for the future.
Construction areas are hazardous areas and need extreme caution for even the most experienced drivers. Here are some helpful hints:
1. Speed should be adjusted to a level commensurate for all circumstances. Of all the adjustments needed, speed is first in a construction area.
2. Allow for extra space between you and the vehicles in front of you. Most construction areas have start and stop traffic and you must be prepared.
3. Do not get caught unaware. Monitor conditions in both directions.
Bottom line — Your chances of an accident in a construction zone are less when you are prepared.
That's the way I see it.
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