Drivers and passengers are more likely to be injured and are more likely to be killed in a work zone than workers. In 2016 crash data, the most current, complete data available in 2018, there were 161 drivers injured and 22 driver fatalities in work zone crashes. 71 passengers in work zone crashes experienced injuries and 18 were killed in 2016. Construction workers saw 8 injuries and 1 death in work zone crashes in 2016.
Of the total work zone crashes (6,741) in 2016, 37 of those crashes were fatal, killing 44 people and injuring 1,893 people. Urban roadways are also much more likely to experience a work zone crash. In 2016, 5,979 work zone crashes were on urban roadways, as compared to 762 crashes on rural roadways.
In 2016, there were 44 deaths in work zones. Of those:
- 1 was a construction worker
- 22 were drivers
- 18 were passengers
- 1 were motorcyclist
- 2 were pedestrians