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The largest and most dangerous challenge for road construction workers is staying out of harm’s way, while vehicles pass by a construction site. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports 130 worker fatalities at road construction sites in 2012.
It raises most drivers' blood pressure when a car tries to eek out every inch of a lane that's closed ahead. But the quickest way to get through a lane closure is something called the zipper merge. Bill Coats, an attorney in Bellingham, Washington, writes about why the zipper merge is the least stressful way to get through a lane closure and avoid an accident inspired by road rage.
Not every state has one, and not every driver in those states is aware of it. In Washington, it's called the Move Over Law, and is designed to help ensure the safety of people who work alongside active roadways, especially highways. Bill Coats, a personal injury lawyer in Bellingham, Washington who specializes in highway car accidents writes about a recent campaign state troopers conducted to raise awareness about this law.