Construction zones present many dangers to the people working in them. According to the Federal Highway Administration, in 2010, there were 576 fatalities because of work zone crashes. That amounts to one fatality every 15 hours.
On June 25, at about 1:30 a.m., a 62-year-old construction worker was killed on I-95 near Beltzville, Maryland. According to a captain with the Maryland State Police, a tractor-trailer crashed into the work zone site after it didn’t “follow a bend in the road.” The contractors that were working had all the right safety equipment where it was supposed to be.
After crashing into the work site, the semi-truck continued on and struck an attenuator truck. It had a flashing arrow on and the lights were on. The attenuator truck then crashed into another vehicle, which was also struck by the semi-truck. The semi then hit the construction worker, killing him.
The driver of the semi-truck was injured and was transported to Prince George’s County Hospital. The State Police captain said that the injuries suffered by the driver were not considered life-threatening.
The driver’s logs are being reviewed by investigators to determine where the driver was coming from, if he had been following the regulations regarding hours and more.
If you are injured because of a truck driver’s negligence, you have recourse available. You can sue the driver for your expenses, losses and damages. In addition, workers’ compensation should pay for your medical bills, lost wages, rehabilitation and more. An attorney experienced in workers’ compensation and personal injury can be very helpful during this difficult time.
Source: wtop.com, “I-95 reopens after fatal Md. crash,” June 25, 2015