Source: Oregon Department of Transportation

CMV Safety in Work Zones

Roadway workers play an essential role in ensuring our roadways are safe for all users. In order to accomplish this, workers are put in an extremely vulnerable position. Large trucks and buses, due to their increased size and weight, present a particular hazard to roadway workers when a crash occurs. In 2021, 33.3% of fatal work zone crashes involved a commercial motor vehicle (CMV), part of an upward trend across the preceding ten years.

Federal Highway Administration Resources

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), as part of the U.S. Department of Transportation, supports the design, construction, and maintenance of State, local, federal, and tribal-owned roadways. As part of this function, FHWA provides numerous resources regarding work zone safety. We encourage to pass the following resources on to relevant parties.

National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse

CMV Safety in Work Zones

Work Zone Management Program

Work Zone Facts and Statistics

Other Resources

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration: Work Zone Safety Shareable Materials

Compliance Navigation Specialists: Work Zone Safe Driving Guide for Truckers


This material is based upon work supported by the FMCSA under a cooperative agreement, FM-MHP-0551-20-01-00


Important Information 

National Surface Transportation Safety Center for Excellence: A Case Study Approach to Understand Heavy Truck Safety-Critical Events in Work Zones

National Safety Council: Work Zones Are Dangerous; Distractions Make Things Worse

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration: Automated CMV Evaluation (ACE) Program Emergency Response and Work Zone Research

North Carolina State University and North Carolina Highway Patrol: North Carolina's Approach to Work Zone Crashes