Are Construction Workers Safe in Work Zones?
According to Vindy.com, a website that features local Ohio news stories, traffic crashes have become relatively commonplace while construction has been taking place in work zones along Interstate 80 and Interstate 76. Recently, the Ohio State Highway Patrol announced that several of these car accidents could have been avoided.
As of this writing, so far in 2017, there have been 155 crashes in the I-80 and I-76 work zones that led to property damage, 32 auto accidents that led to injury and one fatal crash. The Ohio State Highway Patrol reported that the leading causes of these accidents were speeding, tailgating and distracted driving.
The report did not mention construction workers suffering injuries in any of the car crashes in I-80 or I-76 work zones. However, the fact that so many of the incidents are taking place exposes these workers to unnecessary danger, including raising their chances of suffering catastrophic injury or even losing their lives.
What Options Do I Have If I’m a Construction Accident Victim?
If you or someone you love was the victim of a construction accident, you have a few options. First, you could file a workers’ compensation claim. If the incident was not the fault of your employer or a co-worker but instead a contractor, subcontractor or other party was to blame, you could pursue a third party claim. The most important thing you should do if you or a family member was the victim of a construction accident is talk to a work injury attorney about your situation.
Our Ohio workers’ compensation attorneys have been helping injured workers and their families in our community recover the injury benefits they need for decades.