Maximum Compensation for Injured Highway Workers
Serving Victims of Workplace Injuries Throughout Pennsylvania
Highway workers have extremely hazardous jobs. Not only do they often use heavy machinery, but they also work on the side of the road, and therefore are at risk of being injured in motor vehicle accidents.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 96,000 crashes occurred in work zones in 2016. At Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. our experienced workers’ compensation lawyers have represented highway workers who sustained all types of injuries, including those caused by:
Distracted drivers: Thousands of people are injured in distracted driving accidents each year, according to the NHTSA. Modern technology such as cellphones, dashboard infotainment systems, and self-driving vehicles all distract drivers from the road. This may cause drivers to run off the road, potentially injuring highway workers.
Drowsy drivers: Drowsiness is a factor in almost ten percent of all crashes, according to the American Automobile Association (AAA). Drowsy driving can be just as dangerous as drunk driving because lack of adequate sleep causes some of the same effects as intoxication, such as slowed reaction times, decreased alertness, and impaired judgment.
Drunk drivers: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 28 people in the U.S. die each day in alcohol-related driving accidents. Intoxicated drivers may veer off the road and strike highway workers, often causing severe or even fatal injuries.
Speeding drivers: Speeding is a contributing factor in over one-quarter of all fatal vehicle accidents, according to the NHTSA. Drivers who are speeding may not be able to slow down in time to avoid running into highway construction sites and workers.
Road debris: Road debris, such as rocks and branches, may fly up and strike highway workers, causing severe injury, depending on the object’s weight and velocity. Tires, vehicle parts, and other objects may also fall into the road and possibly hit highway workers.
Heavy equipment/dangerous machinery: Highway workers often handle heavy equipment such as bulldozers, cranes, and excavators, which pose a significant risk of injury. Workers may become injured if they are not properly trained, if they are not wearing the proper personal protective equipment (PPE), or the equipment is not properly maintained.
Caught in/between accidents: This type of accident is listed by OSHA as one of the top four causes of construction worker fatalities. Highway workers may become caught in/between equipment and other objects or vehicles and suffer serious injuries as a result.
Types of Highway Worker Injuries
The work injury lawyers at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. have represented highway workers injured in all types of accidents.
Some of the most common injuries we have seen include:
- back injuries
- broken bones
- chemical exposure
- hand-arm vibration syndrome
- musculoskeletal injuries
- neck injuries
- TBI and other head injuries
Highway Worker Safety
The Federal Highway Administration (FHA) reports that on average, 100-200 highway workers die each year in highway work zone accidents.
The FHA encourages employers to protect highway workers by:
- Ensuring visibility: Employers should provide highway workers with high-visibility safety apparel.
- Implementing temporary traffic controls: Various types of devices should be used to help prevent drivers from entering work zones and protect workers.
- Following the Work Safety for Highway Construction Standard: This standard applies to all types of highway workers and includes safety practices such as flagger safety, runover/back-over prevention, illumination, and PPE.
- Providing training: Employers should ensure that all highway workers are properly trained and obtain the appropriate certification requirements.
- Promoting awareness: The FHA partners with other agencies annually to sponsor the National Work Zone Awareness week to increase awareness of highway worker safety.
Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. Represent Injured Highway Workers
If you were injured in a highway work zone accident, contact a skilled Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyer at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. We can help you recover maximum compensation for your injuries. Call us at 888-PITT-LAW or complete our online contact form for a free consultation.
We proudly represent injured workers in Berks County, Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Montgomery County, Philadelphia County and throughout Pennsylvania, including those in the communities of Abington, Ambler, Ardmore, Bala Cynwyd, Bensalem, Clifton Heights, Crum Lynne, Darby, Downingtown, Doylestown, Drexel Hill, Essington, Folcroft, Glenolden, Haverford, Havertown, Holmes, Kutztown, Lansdowne, Media, Merion Station, Morton, Narberth, Norristown, Norwood, Philadelphia, Prospect Park, Quakertown, Reading, Roxborough, Sharon Hill, Upper Darby, West Chester and Wynnewood.