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Traffic Separator Curbing Prevents Accidents

Traffic separator curbing is one way to prevent highway accidents.  The importance of these traffic features will only increase in the years ahead, as the need to upgrade America’s aging roadways leads to ever more road repair and construction.  This post will look at highway work zone statistics for the time period between 2003 and 2010, in an effort to communicate the growing need for traffic separator curbing and similar safety measures.

Work Zone Accident Data

  • 87,606 work zone crashes occurred in 2010.  This represents 1.6% of the total number of roadway crashes for that year.
  • Fortunately, less than 1% of 2010 roadway crashes led to loss of life.  69% resulted in property damage only, while 30% caused non-life threatening injuries.
  • While it may seem counterintuitive, 60% of work zone accidents occur between 6 AM and 9 PM.  This is probably due to the higher volume of vehicles on America’s roads during those hours.
  • Summer and fall were the busiest seasons of the year for highway work zone accidents in 2008.
  • Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday were the days with the greatest likelihood of a roadway accident.
  • Of the 720 work zone fatalities that occurred in 2008, 59% took place on roads with speed limits of 55 miles an hour or more.  22% occurred on urban interstates.
  • 41% of work zone fatalities from 2008 were the result of rear end crashes.
  • Between 2000 and 2008, 75% of zone crashes did not involve commercial trucks.  In fact, professional drivers are far less likely than everyday motorists to be involved in a work zone accident.
  • Traffic separator curbing is one of the best ways to prevent highway work zone accidents.  This traffic feature is especially effective at preventing head-on collisions, which, although relatively rare, can cause catastrophic physical and property damage.

America’s roads become more crowded every day, making the need for effective safety measures ever greater.  Traffic separator curbing will continue to play an important role in this regard, preventing accidents and helping to ensure that motorists travel safely.