Traffic work zones are a necessity in order to maintain the United States’ many highways, bridges, roadways, etc. In an effort to prevent dangerous infrastructural hazards in the long-term, many of the short-term risks that these areas create are seen as a necessary evil. Still, work zones can be very dangerous for both the motorists who pass through their often-confusing assemblage of signs, construction barrels, and lane changes, as well as for the hardworking men and women who build, maintain, and repair our roads every day for a living. Earlier this week, one such accident on Illinois Route 14 injured a local construction worker.
The early morning crash occurred in a marked construction zone not far from Hamilton County Road. According to Illinois State Police officials, the victim, a 38-year-old construction worker from Belleville, had been working near 1575E with his hazard lights on, and was stopped with a 2006 GMC truck on Route 14. Around 11 a.m. a 2005 Toyota Rav4 driving through the zone collided with the rear end of the man’s truck, causing him to be injured. While police reported that the victim had required transportation to nearby McLeansboro Hospital by ambulance, they did not record the nature or extent of his injuries. The driver of the Toyota has been charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. (KFVS12)
The latest Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 101 worker fatalities occurred in construction zones in 2008, 116 in 2009, 106 in 2010, and 122 in 2011. These kinds of transportation incidents added up to a total of roughly 90,000 accidents, and accounted for more than 75% of all occupational injuries in 2011, the final year for which statistics are provided. (Center for Disease Control and Prevention)
Our personal injury lawyers believe that every employee in the state of Illinois has the right to a safe workplace. Whether your injury was the result of another individual’s reckless behavior, or you were the victim of a company’s institutional negligence, you may be entitled to seek compensation for the hardships you endure during and after your accident. Our attorneys have more than two decades of experience representing a multitude of workers and families who have suffered significant injuries or losses because of work-related accidents. Often times, when families are faced with these hardships, they don’t know where to turn or who to trust, and this is precisely why it is essential to have a dedicated and proven legal team on your side. We will ensure that you and your loved ones receive fair compensation for the harms caused so that you can worry about what really matters, your recovery.