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West Virginia DOH Worker Injured on I-79 in Work Zone Accident – How to Stay Safe

West Virginia Division of Highways Worker directing traffic in WV work zone.
Construction Woman on the job site flagging traffic

A car crashed into a West Virginia Divion of Highways work while driving through a work zone in Braxton County, WV, on Interstate 79. This underscores the dangers of work zone driving and the need for heightened awareness near construction sites in West Virginia. For example, work zone crashes on West Virginia highways in 2023 killed five people, according to the WV DOT.

The West Virginia Division of Highways worker was patching potholes when the car drove through the work zone and struck and injured the worker (thankfully, not fatally). 

“There would be far fewer accidents if drivers would pay attention and obey the law in work zones. This incident could have been far, far worse,” said West Virginia Transportation Secretary Jimmy Wriston.

Top Ways to Stay Safe in Work Zones

At West Law Firm, our West Virginia accident lawyers are experienced in helping people injured in West Virginia work zones recover the compensation they deserve. Below are some of the common causes of accidents in West Virginia work zones and what you can do to keep yourself and others safe!

  • Don’t follow too closely: Increase your following distance and leave extra space between you and the car in front of you. Rear-end accidents are the most common type of West Virginia crash and usually preventable.
  • Slow down! Obey posted speed limits, which are often reduced in work zones. This is critical because traffic can stop suddenly in front of you.
  • Watch Out for Distracted Driving: Avoid distractions like phone use. Focus on signs, workers, and traffic flow.
  • Expect the unexpected: Workers, equipment, and lane changes are common. Be prepared to react.

Free Consultation With a West Virginia Work Zone Accident Lawyer

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We hope this helps keep you and your family safe. If, however, you or a loved one is injured in a West Virginia accident, or hurt by the negligence of another, we invite you to call one of our top-rated auto accident attorneys for a Free Consultation. 

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