Last night, a construction worker was killed in a car accident as he was participating in overnight work on Interstate 271 in Summit County, Ohio. According to the Ohio Highway Patrol, he was struck and killed by a Richfield man driving a Honda Accord. The worker was wearing a safety vest as he was marking the pavement standing on the right berm of the interstate.
The Ohio Department of Transporation says that it “does what it can to minimize work zone hazards” and reminds that “motorists must also do their part and give work zones their undivided attention.” Although it has been several years since a fatal car accident took the life of a roadside worker, the risk is always there, and always increased by distracted driving. Work zones are dangerous for everyone present, including car drivers. Construction zones are often the site of deadly truck accidents because traffic is confined and trucks may merge or enter traffic unexpectedly.
The circumstances of the accident are still under investigation. Although drunk driving does not appear to be a factor, there remains the possibility that this potentially wrongful death was caused by another form of misconduct on the part of the driver.
If you have lost a loved one in a fatal car accident, the law offices of Robert W. Kerpsack CO., LPA have extensive experience handling wrongful death lawsuits and may be able to help you. Please contact us today for a free case evaluation.
UPDATE: On September 22, 2010, a grand jury decided not to indict the driver on any charges in this fatal accident.