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Road construction workers' accidents can be devastating

As many Pennsylvania pedestrians know, it can be disconcerting walking near traffic. Road construction workers also have to work near traffic. This puts them at great risk for being involved in crashes. Because of some of the speeds involved, road construction workers' accidents can be devastating.

For example, a construction crew was working on a state highway when a vehicle barreled through area and struck one of the workers. The driver failed to stop but was later located by police. She claimed that it was an orange construction barrel that she hit and not a person, but photographs taken at the scene did not show any barrels. Officials have since charged the woman.

As for the worker who was hit, he suffered serious injuries. Emergency medical personnel took him to an area hospital where it was determined that he needed to be taken via helicopter to another hospital. In addition to broken bones, cuts and lacerations on his upper body and head, his spleen was ruptured. No information was provided regarding his current condition or his prognosis. Since the accident took place while he was working, he is more than likely going to receive workers' compensation benefits.

As is the case with road construction workers' accidents that occur here in Pennsylvania, he might also be able to file a personal injury claim against the driver. If the court rules that another party (in this case the driver) caused or contributed to the injuries suffered by a worker, damages could be awarded that would exceed the benefits received from workers' compensation. When a worker is injured because of the actions of a third-party, it could be beneficial to contact an attorney to determine whether a personal injury suit would be appropriate.

Source: wthitv.com, "Charges filed after worker hit in construction zone in Greene County", Oct. 27, 2016

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