For most Midwesterners, we spend all summer and most of fall passing road signs that warn against excessive speed and ask us to use caution around construction and maintenance.
Yet still, despite these warnings, the men and women who spend their workweek maintaining the roads and highways that we rely on are faced with the reality that they are never completely safe doing their job.
Yesterday morning, a crash on Interstate-90 claimed the lives of two people, one of them a toll road worker.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Police dispatchers received a report of a driver speeding and acting erratically driving west on the highway and were dispatching the information to officers when the vehicle, a red Hyundai Santa Fe, collided with a maintenance pickup truck.
One of the pickup’s passengers, a toll road worker for 17 years, had stepped out of the truck to access tools from the truck bed when the Hyundai struck him and the rear end of the pickup. Both the driver of the Hyundai and the worker died from their injuries. A second worker was taken to the hospital in fair condition.
Police say the pickup truck was parked with its lights and a lit arrow board activated on its rear, and that were was a sign behind the truck warning drivers of workers in the area.
There were more than 87,000 work zone crashes in 2010, resulting in some 37,000 injuries. To put this into perspective, that means that in the Unites States, roughly four people are injured as a result of work zone automobile accidents every hour.
(U. S. of Transportation Federal Highway Administration)
In addition, the most recent statistics collected by the U.S Bureau of Labor state almost 25% of all work place fatalities come directly from highway incidents. This makes automobile accident deaths the number one killer of construction and maintenance workers in America.
Construction and maintenance workers are extremely reliant on their bodies to effectively do their job. This often makes workers with any injury completely unable to work and earn money that is essential to providing for themselves and their family. Instead, they are often relegated to a hospital or their own home, collecting hospital bills, and wondering where to turn.
Levin & Perconti knows the pain and stress that comes with having a family member and wage earner killed or injured by another person’s failure to use necessary caution. Our experienced lawyers are there to guide you in dealing with insurance companies and other parties, making sure that you are compensated for lost wages, medical bills.
If you feel that you may have a case, please call us at 877-374-1417 for a free consultation to discuss how we can help you.