Construction workers on a highway or other roadway have truly dangerous jobs. They are often working less than a yard away from traffic moving 40 to 60 miles per hour.
New York, New York (PRWEB) October 09, 2012
A car crashed into a concrete barrier in a highway construction zone outside of Buffalo, New York, reported The Wall Street Journal(10/5/12). The incident was, unfortunately, not that unusual. Road construction sites pose unique dangers to construction workers and drivers, explained New York construction accident lawyer David Perecman.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 101 road construction workers were killed in construction zones in 2008. In the same year, 720 motorists and workers were killed in construction zones, reported the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Of the nearly 40,000 of people injured each year as a result of work zone crashes, the large majority of them are drivers and passengers.
In the recent highway construction accident, the driver died and no workers were injured. The accident happened around 9 p.m. The car hit the barrier, went off the road and rolled into a ditch, reported the WSJ.
“Construction workers on a highway or other roadway have truly dangerous jobs. They are often working less than a yard away from traffic moving 40 to 60 miles per hour,” said David Perecman, founder of The Perecman Firm and a construction accident lawyer in New York for over 30 years.
In 2011, the New York State Department of Transportation reported 347 traffic accidents in construction work zones on the state’s roads and bridges, and 45 traffic accidents in maintenance work zones along New York highways. In those accidents, a total of five people died, including four motorists.
Concrete barrier walls are only one way to minimize the likelihood of roadway construction site accidents. To ensure the safety of workers and drivers, most highway construction zones also employ safety measures that include, but are not limited to, electronic message boards, adequate lights and signs, and high visibility safety apparel for workers.
“Unfortunately, preventing all deaths on the roadways may not be possible, but reducing the number of deaths and injuries can certainly be done,” said Perecman. “Employees who are injured on the job should also seek the benefits and compensation they deserve.”
For more than 30 years, the construction accident attorneys at The Perecman Firm in New York have helped both injured workers and injured drivers and-or their families obtain compensation following highway construction accidents in New York. Contact The Perecman Firm at 212-977-7033.
About David Perecman and The Perecman Firm, PLLC:
For the past 30 years, the New York auto accident, medical malpractice, construction accident, personal injury, and civil rights violation lawyers at The Perecman Firm, PLLC have handled all types of New York auto accident cases. David Perecman, founder of the Firm, has been recognized for his achievements as an Honoree in the National Law Journal's Hall of Fame, in New York Magazine's "The Best Lawyers in America" and The New York Times Magazine "New York Super Lawyers, Metro Edition" for the years 2007-2010. The prestigious U.S. News & World Report ranks The Perecman Firm among the top 20 personal injury firms in New York City for 2011-2012.
The Firm has recovered millions of dollars for its clients. Among the more recent victories, Mr. Perecman won a $15 million verdict** for a construction accident (Index 112370/03) Supreme Court, New York County, a $5.35 million dollar verdict*** for an automobile accident (Index 2749/04) Supreme Court, Kings County, and a $40 million dollar structured settlement for medical malpractice (Index 2146/03)****Supreme Court, Kings County.
The Perecman Firm serves Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island, Westchester, Upstate NY, Morris County, and Rockland County.
**later settled while on appeal for $7.940 million
*** later settled for $3.5 million
**** total potential payout
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