North Carolina Work Zone Statistics
Work Zone Crashes by County

Download a five-year (2011-2015) comparison and rankings of work zone crashes in North Carolina's 100 counties.

Statewide Work Zone Crashes Per Year
20112012201320142015
28583277347941204635
Statewide Work Zone Fatalities Per Year
20112012201320142015
1220132419
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

Fast Facts

  • As of April 2016, there were approximately 600 major construction projects across North Carolina, not including maintenance and utility work zones (pothole or utility line repairs, roadside landscaping, etc.) on any given day.
  • In 2015, there were 4,635 work zone crashes in North Carolina.
  • In 2015, 2,475 people were injured as a result of motor vehicle crashes in North Carolina construction, utility and maintenance work zones.
  • In 2015, there were 19 fatalities in North Carolina work zones.
  • Four out of five people killed in work zone crashes are motorists.
  • Speeding and distracted driving account for more than 50 percent of all work zone crashes.
  • In 2015, 71 percent of North Carolina’s reported work zone crashes occurred on clear days.
  • In 2015, nearly 80 percent of North Carolina’s reported work zone crashes occurred during dry road conditions.
  • Of North Carolina’s reported work zone crashes in 2015, more 71.4 percent occurred during daylight hours.
  • 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.

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

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

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

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