Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding member and partner
As road construction and repair season nears, the U.S. Department of Transportation has launched an initiative for National Work Zone Awareness Week, as noted by road signs along many commuter routes. This year’s theme, “Expect the Unexpected,” emphasizes that drivers should be prepared for changes, including reduced speed limits, narrowed, shifted or closed lanes, and workers on or near the road. “The 2015 theme was the original theme used 15 years ago in the national event that was created to focus attention on work zone safety and work zone workers. Since the creation of the national campaign by FHWA, ATSSA and AASHTO, the number of work zone fatalities has dropped significantly.”
“National Work Zone Awareness Week – sponsored by federal, state and local transportation officials at the beginning of construction season each spring –raises awareness of safety measures taken on roads all over the country. Typically, work zone crashes occur when drivers fail to obey posted speed limits, fail to adapt to changing road conditions, or use cellphones while driving.”
“As the temperatures climb, thousands of highway workers nationwide are heading back to work to improve America’s roads,” said Anthony Foxx, U.S. Transportation Secretary. “To keep them safe, we owe them our full attention when driving through work zones so please avoid distractions like cellphones and obey posted speed limits.”
Hundreds of fatalities occur each year in work zones, of which 23% were attributed to drivers speeding in a work zone. We should always be focused on the road when driving, but the next time you see bright orange highway construction signs, try to be extra vigilant–it could save someone’s life.
About the author:
Mr. Zambri is a board-certified civil trial attorney by the National Board of Trial Advocates and a Past-President of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. The association recently named him “Trial Lawyer of the Year”. Super Lawyers recently named him among the “Top Ten” lawyers in the Metro Area (out of more than 80,000 attorneys). He has been rated by Washingtonian magazine as a “Big Gun” and among the “top 100″ lawyers in the entire metropolitan area. The magazine also describes him as “one of Washington’s best–most honest and effective lawyers” who specializes in personal injury matters, including automobile accident claims, premises liability, product liability, medical malpractice, and work-accident claims. He has successfully litigated multiple cases against truck and bus companies, the Washington Metropolitan Area transit Authority, and other automobile owners. His law firm, in fact, has obtained the largest settlement ever in a personal injury case involving WMATA. Mr. Zambri has also been acknowledged as one of “The Best Lawyers in America” by Best Lawyers (2014 edition) and has been repeatedly named a “Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyer magazine (2014) — national publications that honor the top lawyers in America.