It is a popular time of the year for construction work to begin again on Illinois roadways as the weather improves and warms up. Some of the work is typically done to repair the roadway after the winter neglect. Sadly, any time road work is completed on an active highway, construction workers' accidents are possible and can be hazardous to the workers. Recently, a worker was seriously injured in the construction zone by a motor vehicle.
The worker and his crew were on the highway filling potholes when the accident occurred. At this time, authorities have not released details of the events proceeding the accident, as the investigation is pending. At some point, a vehicle veered into the construction zone and struck the worker and an Illinois Department of Transportation vehicle.
The worker was seriously injured and needed emergency treatment. Crews made the call to have the worker life-flighted to a trauma center. The worker's condition is unknown. Illinois authorities are pleading vehicle operators to slow down, pay attention and move over when workers are completing necessary work on the roadways. Not only can workers be seriously injured, but motor vehicle operators can face jail time and fines as much as $10,000.
Construction workers' accidents such as this one sadly occur too often. When they do occur and result in serious injuries, a person's quality of life can change in a moment and result in burdensome medical expenses. Workers who have been injured in similar accidents may benefit from seeking advice from an attorney about their options for compensation either by a workers' compensation claim or personal injury lawsuit.
Source: foxillinois.com, "Crash in Jacksonville lands three IDOT workers in the hospital", Em Nguyen, Feb. 26, 2018