Highway Workers Killed on Roads
Sometimes the highways where crews are working can be particularly dangerous places. In North Carolina recently, a worker was killed, according to Construction Worker Killed in Crash in Interstate Work Zone in Morganton. In that horrific scene, a Ford pickup truck hit and killed 43 year old Flavio James, and seriously injured another worker.
Stories abound of workers killed when working on or alongside a roadway:
• In August, a female driver of a black Mercedes veered off the road in San Jose California and seriously injured two men, one of whom later died.
• Another fatality happened in August, as reported in Highway Worker Killed in Crash on PGBT: “Investigators said a construction convoy that consisted of a large truck with a large blinking arrow and a pickup truck carrying a trailer was going at a very slow speed in the shoulder… Francisco Castillo, 24, of Grand Prairie, was driving a Chevrolet Impala when he approached the convoy and went around the first truck, but then hit the truck with the trailers.”
• In July, a Florida man was killed. Drunk driver kills highway construction worker in Port Charlotte reports that despite the fact that “the construction truck was outfitted with an amber flashing arrow and numerous amber flashing lights to alert drivers to the construction work at the site… Christopher Alan Best, 26, was speeding when he slammed his Oldsmobile into a road construction truck, pinning the workers between the vehicles.”
The road is a dangerous place to work.
According to the CDC, “The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports 101 worker fatalities at road construction sites in 2008, 116 in 2009, 106 in 2010, 122 in 2011, and 130 in 2012.”
Between 2003 and 2012, Georgia was the 7th most dangerous state when it came to worker deaths in roadway work zones. Texas was the most dangerous state. In 67% of the transportation incidents, a vehicle struck a pedestrian worker.
Was your loved one killed while at work on a highway? Such an injury may mean compensation is available under worker’s compensation laws. Nate Hansford can help you understand if you have a case. Contact Nate by phone at 770-922-3660.