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Taking a look at fatal work zone accidents

On Behalf of | Jun 9, 2017 | Workplace Accidents |

Each day, things go wrong on job sites across the U.S. Sadly, these accidents sometimes result in the loss of life, which is especially difficult for families who lose someone they love. To make matters worse, some of these accidents were caused by the negligence of another person and were entirely preventable. Moreover, those who regularly work in a road construction site in Staten Island, or in any other New York area, are employed in a particularly dangerous occupation.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, information from 2011 to 2014 showed that 74 percent of road workers who lost their lives in a jobsite accident were hit by vehicles while in a work zone. Moreover, over 1,400 road workers passed away in accidents while they were working at a road construction site between 2003 and 2014.

The Federal Highway Administration also provide upsetting information on deadly work zone accidents. In fact, they report that 669 people passed away in accidents that occurred in a work zone during 2014, a 13 percent increase from the year before. There are an array of reasons why these accidents occur, from simple carelessness to speeding and drivers who operate vehicles while intoxicated.

For families who lose someone in one of these accidents, life is often very challenging. Not only do they encounter unbearable sadness, but they may also have severe anxiety and financial difficulties also. As a result, it is pivotal for families to stand up for the loved one they lost and try to make sure that negligent drivers are held answerable.



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