North Carolina Work Zone Statistics
Work Zone Crashes by County

Download a five-year (2012-2016) comparison and rankings of work zone crashes in North Carolina's 100 counties.

Statewide Work Zone Crashes Per Year
20122013201420152016
32773479412046355831
Statewide Work Zone Fatalities Per Year
20122013201420152016
2013241926
Complete Statistics By Year

Factors contributing to the increase of work zone wrecks across the state include population increase and an increase in the number of work zones.

Source: Traffic Engineering Accident Analysis System/North Carolina Crash Database

2016 Fast Facts

  • Across North Carolina, there were 5,831 work zone crashes.
  • As a result of motor vehicle crashes, 3,095 people were injured in construction, utility and maintenance work zones across the state.
  • Twenty-six people – 24 travelers and two workers – died in North Carolina work zones.
  • Speeding and distracted driving accounted for more than 50 percent of all work zone crashes in the state.
  • Nearly 80 percent of reported work zone crashes in the state occurred on clear days.
  • Speeding and distracted driving account for more than 50 percent of all work zone crashes.
  • Eighty-eight percent of reported work zone crashes in North Carolina occurred during dry road conditions.
  • More than 75 percent of reported work zone crashes occurred during daylight hours.

Source: Traffic Engineering Accident Analysis System/North Carolina Crash Database

Additional Statistics

Age % Involved in Crashes
17 and under 14.2
18-21 11.2
22-24 7.7
25-29 10.4
30-34 8.6
35-39 7.8
40-49 14.8
50-59 12.1
60-69 7.9
70-79 3.8
80 and older 1.5

It takes 49 seconds longer to travel through a 2-mile work zone at 45 mph than at 65 mph hour. The potential benefits of speeding don't outweigh the risks.

According to NCDOT research from 2010-2015:

  • People ages 18-34 comprise 38 percent of all crashes.
  • People ages 25-49 comprise 29 percent of all crashes.
  • People 18-24 years old are twice as likely to be in a work zone crash than those in any other age group.
  • About 69 percent of all crashes involve the driver of the vehicle.
  • About 55 percent of those involved in work zone crashes are males.
  • About 52 percent of crashes are in a passenger car.
  • About 67 percent of crashes are in metropolitan area; 33 percent are in rural areas.
  • Most crashes happen between noon and 6 p.m. with the largest percentage from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. More crashes happen from May through November, with October being the biggest month on average.

Source: NCDOT Research: N.C. Reportable Work Zone Crashes 2010-2015

Additional Research and Data

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