Vehicle Accidents in Highway Work Zones

Report No: 80-R37

Published in 1981

About the report:

The objective of this study was to determine the magnitude and characteristics of safety problems, in terms of reported accidents, that are associated with moving vehicular traffic around and through highway work zones. This was accomplished by examining the 2,127 reported work zone accidents that occurred in 1977 in Virginia. These represented roughly 1.5% of all reported accidents. It was estimated, however, that due to the sampling procedure, only about 82% of the total number of (reported) work zone accidents were identified. Examined were work zone accidents, general and specific locations of the accidents, time of the accidents, roadway and environmental factors, characteristics of the work zone, causes of the accidents, and accident severity. Where data were available, comparisons of accidents were made-of the characteristics of the work zone accidents to those found in the literature and to those for all Virginia accidents.

Disclaimer Statement:The contents of this report reflect the views of the author(s), who is responsible for the facts and the accuracy of the data presented herein. The contents do not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Commonwealth Transportation Board, or the Federal Highway Administration. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation. Any inclusion of manufacturer names, trade names, or trademarks is for identification purposes only and is not to be considered an endorsement.


  • Bradley T. Hargroves, Michael R. Martin

Last updated: January 25, 2024

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