Highway construction sites may pose a lot of hazards. When lanes of traffic are diverted, bright lights are flashing, and heavy machinery is around, accidents are likely to occur. When drivers see a construction accident, they can become confused or impatient. Others simply underestimate the dangerous nature of a construction site. Many highway construction accidents lead to fatalities, both for drivers and workers.
The Federal Highway Administration reported that highway construction accidents are responsible for over 1,000 deaths every year. Many of those deaths are drivers, but a recent report by the Insurance Journal revealed that around 1,181 fatalities and 52,000 injuries can occur on highway construction sites and one out of five of these fatalities are highway construction site workers.
Drivers passing through highway construction zones need to be more alert and attentive. Because these zones are generally seen as an inconvenience, drivers often attempt to get through them as fast as possible leading to many accidents. Drivers must remember that any work zone has its dangers, and with passing drivers the risk of death or injury is even higher.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that two out of every five construction worker deaths are the result of highway construction accidents. Highway construction accident worker deaths can occur as a result of forklift accidents, scaffolding accidents, workers falls and injuries from falling objects. A common highway construction accident occurs when a worker is struck by heavy equipment. The second most common type of such accidents is a worker being hit by a vehicle passing through the work zone.
If a loved one was killed in a wrongful death accident, due to a highway construction accident, please call the Lassen Law Firm, Pennsylvania Highway construction accident lawyers, for help.