We live in the Midwest. That means there are two seasons: winter and road construction. As an Illinois resident, you’ve probably spent a great deal of your summers sitting in two lane traffic, or convincing tourists in Chicago that the construction barrel is actually your official state bush. Still, construction is a necessary evil when it comes to maintaining viable streets and highways, and unfortunately there is no real way to avoid it. As if we needed another reason to detest construction, work zones can be as hazardous as they are frustrating. The congestion created by construction brings cars, construction equipment, and people into very close proximity, and that can be a recipe for disaster.
Earlier this week, a construction zone accident left one worker dead in rural Effingham. According to reports from Illinois State Police, the victim was crushed while giving a dump truck driver directions to back up while on site. While reversing, the driver lost site of the 54-year-old man, striking and proceeding to roll over him. An investigation into the incident is pending. (Effingham Daily News)
While congestion can cause serious hazards for drivers, they are protected to some extent by crumple zones, air bags, and seat belts. The men and women working to build, repair, and maintain our nations roads are afforded no such protection from an impact. In the last five years, accidents in highway work zones have accounted for nearly 5,000 fatalities, and they’ve injured 200,000 more. Whether you are a motorist or a worker, a debilitating injury could mean spending months relegated to a state of recovery. For many victims, this means accumulating thousands and thousands of dollars in medical and insurance costs, and frequently this coincides with an inability to work and earn a paycheck. At Levin Perconti, our lawyers bring a combined 150 years of medical and legal experience together to get our clients the compensation they deserve.
Our attorneys are experienced in handling all types of workplace injury cases, and are proud to have helped workers recover noteworthy results including a recent $1.5 million settlement for a construction worker who was injured as a result of negligence and dangerous conditions at a Glencoe site. We believe that the victims of negligent and reckless driving accidents should never be forced to bear the financial burden of someone else’s carelessness. Whether you are a worker or a motorist, remember to be safe and alert in construction zones, but if you ever find yourself the victim of a wrongful injury, know that our lawyers are just a phone call away.