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Road Construction Accident Statistics

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Road construction risks the lives of both drivers and workers on a daily basis. Our law firm has compiled the following statistics to bring awareness to the dangers of work zones and to encourage increased safety.

If you've been the victim of an accident caused by an unsafe work zone or any other type of road construction, our experienced car accident attorneys can help. The sooner you contact our law firm, the sooner we can start collecting evidence to prove your case.

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Please note that some 2013 and 2014 national and Pennsylvania road construction accident statistics have not yet been released. Please check back frequently for updated stats and facts on work zone collisions.

2013 Pennsylvania Work Zone Accident Statistics

  • 48 percent of work zone crashes in 2013 contained fatalities or injuries.
  • There were a total of 1,845 work zone crashes, with 16 fatalities and 1,262 injuries.
  • Of the 16 work zone related fatalities, 4 of them were road workers.
  • The majority of crashes, 958 of them, occurred on state highways. About 269 took place on the turnpike.
  • Most work zone crashes involved either a passenger car (52%) or an SUV (32%).

2012 Pennsylvania Work Zone Accident Statistics

  • There were 1,661 accidents in work-zones in Pennsylvania in 2012 -- 21 were killed (including 3 workers) and 1,124 were injured.
  • About half of work zone crashes (49.5%) were property-damage-only crashes.
  • The majority of work zone crashes occurred on state highways. About 13.7% took place on the turnpike.

Pennsylvania Work Zone Accident Statistics (2011)

  • 48 percent of work zone crashes in 2011 contained injuries or fatalities.
  • 1,812 work zone crashes occurred in 2011, which led to 1,315 injuries and 21 deaths.
  • The majority (82.4%) of work zone crashes in 2011 occurred on state highways.
  • Most work zone crashes involved either a passenger car (45.5%) or an SUV (35.8%).
  • One construction worker was killed in 2011 during a work zone crash.

National Work Zone Car Crash Statistics

  • Car accidents involving dangerous pavement-edge drop-offs kill approximately 160 people and injure 11,000 every year.
  • Crashes in highway work zones have killed at least 4,700 Americans – more than two a day – and injured 200,000 in the last five years alone.
  • About 85% of people killed in work zones are motorists, not workers.
  • In 2009, there were 667 work zone fatalities.
  • There are more than 40,000 injuries in work zones each year.
  • Approximately one work zone fatality occurs every 10 hours (2.3 a day).
  • Approximately one work zone injury occurs every 13 minutes (110 a day).
  • There were 162 large trucks and buses that were involved in work zone crashes in 2009.

Pennsylvania Work Zone Accident Statistics (2008-2010)

  • In 2010, there were 1,886 traffic collisions in Pennsylvania work zones.
  • In 2010, 23 people died in car accidents that occurred in Pennsylvania construction zones. Four of those were workers.
  • In 2010, 1,425 people were injured in traffic crashes in Pennsylvania work zones.
  • In 2009, there were 23 work zone fatalities in Pennsylvania.
  • In 2009, there were 9 large trucks and buses involved in construction zones.
  • In 2008, about 1,415 work zone crashes occurred across Pennsylvania.
  • Pennsylvania documented 23 traffic crash fatalities in construction zones in 2009, according to data collected through the Fatality Analysis Reporting System of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
  • 102 PennDOT employees have been killed in work zones since 1967.
  • In Ohio, work zone monitoring found that the presence of construction caused accident rates to jump as much as 70%.

Looking for more statistics? View our accident statistics page.

"Work Zone Safety Stressed During Road Construction." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. April 4, 2011; "Traffic Safety Facts 2009." NHTSA. September 2010. "2013 Pennsylvania Crash Facts and Statistics." Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Dec. 2013. "Fatal Occupational Injuries at Road Construction Sites, 2003-2013." The National Work Zone Safety Information Clearing House. Jan. 2015.
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