Construction zone accidents in Alabama happen more frequently than many people may believe. When a worker is injured or killed in one of these collisions, workers' compensation insurance benefits typically apply. These important, state-regulated insurance benefits are designed to cover an injured worker's medical bills and related costs while on the mend, plus provide a lost income package so they can focus on getting better and returning to work. Moreover, those crashes that result from the negligence of a passing driver may also result in third party claims for personal injury or wrongful death under our state's personal injury laws.
Recently, a collision occurred in Huntsville on South Memorial Parkway. A man that was in the midst of road work was struck by a passing van. Though he is expected to survive, the driver of the van was arrested on unspecified charges. The nature of the worker's injuries was not disclosed. Beyond the compensation benefits, the worker also has the right to pursue a claim for personal injuries against the accused driver, including any pain and suffering endured as a result of the collision.
Many other Alabama construction site accidents have more tragic outcomes. In 2012 alone, some 21 people lost their lives in construction zone crashes. Moreover, there were close to 2,200 motor vehicle accidents in construction zones statewide. Distracted driving and diminished line of sight are just some of the reasons for these types of accidents. Clearly, driving in work zones requires greater attention to safety issues, and drivers should carefully follow the instructions of flaggers and law enforcement personnel when traveling through these areas.
Alabama workers' compensation laws provide important insurance coverage in these situations. When someone on-the-job loses their life in a workplace accident, the surviving family typically has the right to claim death benefits to cover final expenses as well as provide a lost income package for any of the deceased worker's dependents. Any job site injury or fatality is a tragedy, and few people expect to suffer an accident while they are on the job. Nevertheless, it is sometimes a tragic reality, and those affected may take some solace in learning that most employees are entitles to workers' compensation coverage.
Source: waff.com, "Construction worker hit by driver," Lauren Morrison, May 9, 2013