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Road hazards ahead: Reckless drivers

If you drive about 300 miles east of Pittsburgh, you will come to Bensalem Township, right on the border of Philadelphia. A recent traffic accident there on the Pennsylvania Turnpike killed a driver and also injured three workers in a construction zone.

The workers were picking up traffic cones at about 5:30 in the morning so that a highway lane could be reopened. Two of the workers were immediately hospitalized, with one flown by helicopter to Temple University Hospital. The third worker was reportedly merely bruised in the fatal accident.

You might recall that officials vowed to crack down on speeding after a serious road construction accident last month. A driver trying to avoid a ticket in a work zone veered into a closed lane and hit a construction worker. That worker was hospitalized with injuries deemed serious.

Unfortunately, the spate of recent accidents and serious injuries to highway crew members is not something new. Last year, officials said, there were 150 accidents in road construction zones in the state, according to Pittsburgh's CBS TV outlet.

The Department of Transportation urges road construction workers to at all times wear high-visibility gear, keep "positive distance" between themselves and traffic, manage the speed of traffic and use lighting to keep workers, road conditions and traffic visible. But even all that is not enough when drivers pay more attention to their phones than workers, or are so determined to get to their destination that they will exceed safe speed limits and put construction workers and themselves at risk.

Speak to an attorney experienced in helping construction workers receive the workers' compensation benefits they are due, even when an insurer or employer attempts to deny them deserved payments and care.

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