Stay Safe on the Roads During Edmonton’s Construction Season

Construction season is well underway, and with warmer weather offering relief from long winter days, Edmonton’s roads are busier than ever. As we navigate the realities of potholes and constant upkeep all over the city, knowing how to stay safe while commuting is essential to avoid accidents and protect yourself against personal injury. At James H. Brown and Associates, we know how important prevention is to reduce the harm caused by collisions across Edmonton and the Province of Alberta. Since 1993, we’ve partnered with Albertans to fight for your right to fair injury settlements for injuries resulting from car accidents, and are proud to be active sponsors of community initiatives that support safe driving.

Below, we’ll cover some of the best ways to stay safe while driving throughout construction zones all year round and why it’s important to contact an injury lawyer if you are involved in an accident. Read on to learn more!

Stay Diligent During Construction Season

During the warmer months, Edmonton becomes particularly inundated with construction as crews race against the weather to complete repairs and roadwork across the city. Debris, lane closures, and the various other factors involved in road construction can present a significant hazard to both drivers and workers, making it essential that vehicle commuters are extra diligent when navigating active work areas. Failure to comply with reduced speed limits (more on that below) and drive to conditions puts everyone at risk, and can result in life-altering personal injuries for accident victims. To reduce your chance of having an accident, abide by the best practices below:

Stay Alert

Whether a construction site has active workers or is inactive, you need to be as alert and aware as possible while navigating. Keep an eye out for any workers, signage, and materials that may be on your commute. The more aware you are behind the wheel, the better chance you will have of avoiding hazards entirely.

Follow Instructions Carefully

Construction sites can be tricky to weave through, with different areas having different speed limits or conditions. Obey all posted signage and the commands of workers at all times.


The number one factor influencing most accidents is speed, and this is even more essential in areas where construction is being done. Slow down as you approach construction areas and exercise further caution once you transition back to normal speed to rejoin the standard traffic flow.

Increase Your Follow Distance

As you reduce your speed, you’ll want to widen the gap between yourself and other vehicles at the same time. Give yourself extra room to stop/start as needed and anticipate any sudden hazards by putting more space in your follow time between other cars.

Eliminate Distractions

Next to speed, distracted driving is one of the biggest causes of accidents and injury in on the road. When navigating construction areas in particular, it is essential to be as alert as possible. Texting or using the phone while driving, fiddling with your radio, reaching for objects around the vehicle, or playing music and an unreasonable volume all place you, other drivers, and construction workers at risk for unnecessary harm.

What Happens if I AM in An Accident?

Even with our best efforts, accidents and collisions will happen. If you or someone you love are involved in an accident, there are 3 main steps you need to remember:




There When it Matters Most: James H. Brown and Associates

With over 30 years of experience representing Albertans in need after a personal injury, James H. Brown and Associates knows that, outside of you and your family’s well-being, securing a fair settlement is of the utmost importance. We’ve successfully helped our clients recover some of the largest motor vehicle accident injury settlements ever achieved in Edmonton and Alberta while continually setting new precedents in Western Canadian injury law.

Some of our firm’s past successes include:

*Please note that past results are not indicative of future results.

With the complete resources and the expertise you need to secure a fair payout, James H. Brown and Associates is ready to support Edmontonians through every step of advancing a claim, attaining justice, and navigating the road to recovery.

Contact us today to speak with an injury lawyer and schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with James H. Brown and Associates.

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