If you’ve spent any time on the roads in and around Pittsburgh, you know that you can’t go very far without traveling into a construction zone.

Not only is this frustrating because it slows you down, but it also increases the risk of an accident.

So, the next time you find yourself driving into a construction zone, follow these safety tips:

  • Slow down: If there’s a new speed limit posted, which is almost always the case, be sure to slow down accordingly. Speeding through a construction zone puts everyone at risk. Not to mention the fact that it could result in a costly traffic citation.
  • Read all signs: In addition to speed limit signs, there may be others, such as those warning of construction workers in close proximity to the road. Reading and obeying these signs is a must.
  • Don’t change lanes: It’s illegal to change lanes in many construction zones, so let the pavement markings guide what you can and can’t do. If you are going to change lanes, take extra caution.

Along with the above, don’t let your impatient nature get the best of you. Yes, a construction zone will slow you down, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.

If you’re injured in an accident in a construction zone, such as the result of another driver tailgating you, find a place to safely pull over.

At that point, you can assess yourself for injuries, call 911 for help and take steps to receive immediate medical treatment. All of this will lead you to make an insurance claim and take other steps to obtain compensation for your injuries and damages.