Road construction zones will always pose deadly hazards to workers, regardless of whether they are located in Missouri or another state. The disregard of motorists traveling through these areas was recently underscored when an alleged distracted driver caused critical injuries to a construction worker in a neighboring state. Authorities once again urged drivers not to use their cellphones while driving, especially not in construction zones.
Reportedly, a 38-year-old construction worker was rushed to a hospital unconscious and in critical condition after a pickup truck struck him on a Thursday afternoon in mid-April. Authorities say the worker was tasked with directing traffic safely through the construction area when he noticed an approaching truck shortly after 1 p.m. He recognized the imminent danger and managed to direct a woman with a child in her car to get out of the way before he tried to take evasive action.
Unfortunately, the pickup truck driver veered toward him, and the construction worker could not get out of the truck’s way before it smashed into him. Reportedly, the impact catapulted the victim approximately 80 feet through the air. Authorities say, along with head trauma, the worker suffered multiple fractures, including a leg, ribs, arm and clavicle.
While hoping to see their loved one’s condition improve every day, this family may find comfort knowing that the construction worker is entitled to pursue financial assistance through the workers’ compensation system of their state. In Missouri, any injured employee can file benefits claims after suffering a work-related injury. Those who seek support and guidance are free to retain the services of an experienced workers’ compensation attorney to navigate the process for them.
Source: news9.com, “Construction Worker Still Critical After Crash Near Blanchard“, Christy Lewis, April 26, 2017