A 24-year-old worker was seriously injured when a car struck him as he was directing traffic near a construction zone in Towson, Maryland. According to a CBS Baltimore news report, the work zone accident occurred on Stevenson Lane near Stanmore Road. Officials say the construction worker was wearing a hardhat and reflective vest while holding a stop sign at the time of the collision. He was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of life threatening injuries. It is unclear if the driver of the 2013 Honda CRV that struck him will be cited for failing to stop.
There are dangers in all forms of construction work, but roadway work zone construction is particularly treacherous. In addition to the common dangers of construction work, these workers often have to deal with careless motorists. While some drivers cautiously navigate complicated lane changes, cones, and barrels, others attempt to speed through work zones without slowing down.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there was an average of 778 work zone fatalities annually between 1994 and 1999 nationwide. Also, 1,060 annual fatalities were reported between 2000 and 2006 and 609 work zone deaths were reported each year between 2007 and 2012. In 2012, 130 workers were killed at road construction sites. About 67 percent of those fatal accidents involved a pedestrian worker being struck by a car.
If you are approaching a work zone, make sure you slow down and remain attentive. It is possible that you will have to change lanes or even come to a complete stop. If you are a highway zone worker, make sure you learn about your legal rights in case you are injured on the job.
Injured construction workers have the right to seek financial compensation for their medical bills and a portion of their lost wages through workers’ compensation benefits. Additional compensation may be available if the victim chooses to file a personal injury claim against the driver responsible for the accident. In such cases, support may be available for pain and suffering, loss of earning potential, and other related damages. An experienced Maryland personal injury lawyer will be able to advise injured workers and their families about their legal rights and options.