Accidents on highways and interstates can be some of the most serious because of the high speeds and congested traffic on these roads. Work Zone Awareness Week is meant to help bring attention to accidents that happen around areas where Departing of Transportation employees are working.
One such accident killed a 36-year-old employee who was working on U.S. Highway 70. The accident occurred on March 23, and the 28-year-old female driver of the car is now suspected of drunk driving. According to reports, the car drove into the median, hitting and killing the man, and almost hitting two other DOT workers.
A spokesman for the North Carolina Highway Patrol issues a statement, reminding drivers that road construction season is gearing up. That means they need to be prepared for stop-and-go traffic and slowdowns when they see the orange signs.
Drivers who are distracted or impaired may not be able to brake soon enough or change lanes appropriately in construction zones, resulting in accidents that can injure workers and other drivers. If you have been injured in an accident in a construction zone caused by one of these drivers, you already know the devastation it can cause in a matter of a few seconds.
Depending on the circumstances surrounding the accident, victims may be able to seek monetary compensation through the legal system. There are various factors that can impact whether you have a case or how much you may be entitled to, so talking with a personal injury attorney is the first step in better understanding your options and deciding on a path moving forward.
Source: ABC 11, "Drivers urged to slow down after North Carolina DOT Worker's Death," March. 24, 2015