Highway work zones are hazardous both for motorists who drive through the complex array of signs, barrels, and lane changes, and for workers who build, repair, and maintain our streets, bridges, and highways.
Just this past Tuesday a Waterloo, Iowa worker was killed when she was struck by a vehicle in a work zone as she prepared to flag traffic. Unfortunately, the tragic incident is one of many fatal accidents in work zones that involve workers who work in close proximity to drivers trying to navigate in unfamiliar conditions.
Although workers outside of vehicles in construction work are particularly vulnerable to traffic, many of the thousands of work zone fatalities include drivers and passengers of cars and trucks.
Factors in fatality crashes often include speeding, impaired driving and distracted driving on the part of motorists. However, sometimes accidents occur because of the negligence of a construction company.
Mistakes may include failure to post proper signage warning motorists of construction work, failure to slow traffic as necessary and leaving dangerous conditions and equipment on or near the pavement.
Construction companies may also put their workers at risk when working around traffic by not having safety procedures in place, failing to provide proper training and other oversights leading to what might have been a preventable injury or fatality.
Contact an Iowa Construction Work Zone Accident Attorney
With highway and roadway construction in full swing, workers and motorists should be alert to the increased potential for an accident in a work zone and take the necessary precautions to prevent collisions. If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction work zone accident, contact an experienced Iowa construction work zone accident attorney at McDonald, Woodward & Carlson PC for assistance today at 563-355-4678.