According to a recent study, Tennessee is only of only 11 states in the nation that improved in seven areas of highway safety and maintenance. That study examined road performance over a twenty-year period, in categories including road surface conditions, congestion, deficient bridges, and highway fatalities in motor vehicle accidents.
A representative from the Tennessee Department of Transportation cites the state’s high ranking in the study as proof of TDOT’s commitment to maintaining the state’s infrastructure and improving road safety.
Of course, that high score could not have been achieved without the help of construction workers. Now that winter weather seems safely in the past, TDOT is initiating a number of repairs and new road and bridge construction projects around the state. Drivers in Cleveland, Tennessee may already have had to negotiate the slower speed zones found in such sites.
Yet one Tennessee driver may not have adjusted his driving around a construction work zone, resulting in a motor vehicle accident with a fatal consequence. According to reports, the 36-year old driver was traveling on Interstate 64 when he came upon a construction zone near the Interstate 57/64 split.
However, the driver apparently failed to reduce his speed appropriately for the conditions. As a result, he rear-ended a semi trailer that was part of a line of backed up traffic at the site. The driver sustained fatal injuries. His passenger fared slightly better, and is being treated for serious injuries at a local hospital.
Construction zones are important for the safety of the state’s infrastructure. However, drivers need to apply the appropriate standard of driving care around such sites. Failing to reduce one’s speed may lead to an accident and expose a driver to a personal injury or wrongful death suit for his or her act of negligence.
Source: register-news.com, “Tennessee man dies in accident,” April 27, 2013