Two road construction workers were killed early in the morning last Friday when they were struck by a pickup truck on I-69 in Indianapolis. The accident increased traffic congestion on the interstate for most of Friday morning, and caused the first road construction worker fatality in Indiana since 2012.
According to an article by NBC affiliate WTHR, the two employees of Reith Riley Construction were helping reopen access to Binford Boulevard by removing barrels and attempting to load an arrow board onto a truck when a green pickup truck, driven by a 22-year-old man from Fortville, Indiana struck the arrow board and the men working behind it. The two men were pronounced dead at the scene, and the driver of the truck was hospitalized with minor injuries. Authorities are investigating the accident, and have not determined why the driver of the truck did not merge out of the way of the workers.
The Dangers of Construction Zones
Construction zones represent a serious danger to both drivers and construction workers. Although speed limits are reduced for construction traffic, drivers often fail to slow down and use proper caution. Indiana car accidents that occur in construction zones have caused dozens of fatalities in the last few years, and the Indiana governor’s office released a statement reminding drivers of the increased danger: “This tragedy reminds us that we must slow down and pay close attention to highway work zones. Hoosiers must work together to reduce the number of accidents in highway work zones[.]”
Causes of Indiana Work Zone Accidents
There are many possible causes of Indiana construction zone accidents, and both drivers and workers are in danger of injury or death when an accident occurs. Sometimes, drivers fail to slow down to the posted speed limits and are not paying attention to the road, causing an accident. In other situations, the construction workers may fail to give proper notice that drivers are entering a construction zone. Some accidents are caused when workers make poor decisions and put themselves and drivers in harm’s way. The issue of an accident’s cause, as well as who is at fault and ultimately financially responsible for the damages can be complex. Often, the result of an Indiana car accident lawsuit is not as simple or predictable as it may have appeared immediately after the accident. Because of this, it is a good idea for accident victims to consult competent legal counsel soon after an accident, so that a full investigation can be completed.
Have You Been in an Accident?
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a car accident, whether it occurred in a construction zone or elsewhere, it is important to contact a skilled Indiana personal injury attorney as shortly after the accident as possible. The dedicated accident lawyers at Parr, Richey, Obremskey, Frandsen and Patterson are here to help. Our attorneys know what it takes to represent our clients’ best interests and obtain the results that our clients deserve. We have the experience that is needed to try the toughest Indiana accident cases. Parr, Richey, Obremskey, Frandsen and Patterson represent clients in a variety of personal injury cases, including construction related accidents. Give us a call and schedule a free consultation today at 888-532-7766 or access us online.
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