Every summer, thousands of individuals take to the roads in order to repair them for the rest of the country to use. These individuals put themselves at risk not only for accidents due to defective machinery on the job but also due to the huge number of individuals that go flying by construction accidents. The problem has gotten to be so bad that many states have passed laws that double speeding and other ticket fines in construction zones.
The Federal Highway Administration reports that the number of people killed in motor vehicle crashes in work zones is on the rise. There were 693 deaths in 1997 and yet 1,181 accidents in 2002. In addition to fatalities, there are more than 40,000 individuals that are injured each year in work zone crashes and accidents.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) reports that every year, more than 100 workers are killed and over 20,000 workers are injured. Of the 831 work-related fatalities in the U.S. highway construction industry between 1992 and 1998, 465, or 55%, were vehicle or equipment-related incidents that occurred in a work zone.
While these numbers do not show a significant risk to construction workers, the risk is still there. The injuries to workers in construction zones that are caused by drivers are generally preventable. In many cases, simply slowing down will prevent an accident.
If you have been injured in a car accident in a work zone, contact the Milwaukee personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at (414) 271-0900 to discuss your case and to determine any legal options you might have. Their experienced team will help you get through this difficult time.