Construction on the Interstate 235 interchange with Interstate 44 in Oklahoma City is being called the biggest construction job in all of the great state of Oklahoma. Is it causing more problems than it’s solving?
On I-235 north, the last sign for the I-44 interchange is almost 2 miles away, and it offers no guidance for exiting. Drivers who are unfamiliar with the area are at the mercy of their sense of direction or their GPS systems.
Navigating through complex construction zones can be tricky and dangerous. As experienced Oklahoma City car accident lawyers, we worry about the safety of individuals in our community driving through these dangerous zones. At Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys, it’s important to our team that our neighbors in Oklahoma City know how to stay safe in construction zones and what to do in the event of an accident.
Construction zones can be incredibly dangerous, especially if not properly marked with signs. The Oklahoman reported that the Department of Transportation had recently shifted the exit lane for NW 63rd Street, leaving only a sign with the word “Exit” on it.
“There’s been multiple lane shifts throughout this whole project so, as we’re making all these lane shifts and we’re switching up traffic, we’re evaluating the signage, making sure that we have everything in place,” traffic engineer Trent January told The Oklahoman.
The following are ways you can stay safe while driving through the I-44 construction:
Don’t speed through a construction zone. There could be unexpected sharp turns, loose gravel, or men and women at work that may cause an accident.
We all know what it feels like to have merged after seeing the “Lane Closed Ahead” sign, only to watch a few less-considerate drivers bypass the growing line and merge at the front. Don’t be that guy! Signs are put in place for your protection. It’s in your best interest to follow them when they come along.
Rear-end crashes are incredibly common in construction zones. Allowing enough room for a car to fit between you and the vehicle in front of you could save you from a chain reaction of rear-end collisions.
We understand construction zones can be frustrating. However, losing your cool will only make matters more uncomfortable and maybe even dangerous. We see many road rage cases come out of construction zones when drivers let an inconvenience get the best of them. Stay calm so you can arrive at your destination in one piece.
You can do everything right in a construction zone and still wind up in a car accident. That’s why our Oklahoma City car accident lawyers have dedicated their careers to helping injury victims receive the compensation they deserve for their pain and suffering.
If you were injured in a car accident that wasn’t your fault, our personal injury lawyers may be able to help you seek maximum compensation for your losses. We have years of experience giving legal advice and negotiating with insurance companies. Call Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys today at 877-579-6800 for a free consultation, or fill out our online case evaluation form.