Hawaii visitors are likely to encounter road construction

by | Mar 10, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

If you are planning your dream vacation to Hawaii, you may want to consider renting a car. After all, while public transportation is good in Honolulu, you probably want to explore other parts of the islands. Driving yourself allows you to experience the vast beauty outside the city.

According to officials from the Hawaii Department of Transportation, a major shoulder and guardrail improvement project is currently underway. In addition to having to deal with the Aloha State’s notoriously challenging roadways, you may have some risk of having an automobile accident in a construction zone.

Why are construction zones dangerous?

Construction zones can be dangerous for drivers and pedestrians alike for a few different reasons. First, these areas often have altered traffic patterns. If motorists are not familiar with the temporary way of driving through the construction zone, they may inadvertently cause a crash.

Likewise, construction zones often have uneven lanes, construction workers, cones and other hazards that are tough to navigate. When you add in slower traffic speeds, construction areas are often hotspots are motor vehicle accidents.

How can you stay safe?

The most effective way to stay safe in a construction zone in Hawaii or anywhere else is to obey posted signs and construction workers. If you are having trouble driving through the construction zone, increasing your following distance also may be helpful. Still, you cannot control how other drivers behave.

A traffic accident may turn your dream vacation into a nightmare, particularly if you or someone you love suffers a catastrophic accident. Ultimately, pursuing compensation from the driver who caused the accident may give you the financial resources you need to obtain top-level medical treatment.