Louisiana men and women who work at road construction sites assume risks that other construction workers do not have to think about. Vehicles are always speeding by these individuals, and many of them are especially vulnerable if they are not afforded the protection of being inside a vehicle. Road construction site accidents occur far too often on America's roadways, and far too many are deadly.
Recently, a construction crew was working on Highway 165. Three of the crew were standing near a pickup truck holding an arrow sign. A vehicle attempted to move from the right lane, which was blocked by the truck, to the inside lane. It ended up slamming into the pickup truck and all three workers.
Two of the workers suffered moderate injuries for which they were taken to a hospital in the area. The third worker's injuries were more serious, and he was airlifted from the scene. According to the Louisiana State Police, the 30-year-old man died the next day.
So far, the woman driving the car was only cited for operating her vehicle carelessly. However, the accident is still under investigation, and additional charges could be filed if the evidence warrants it. As part of the investigation, a toxicology test is being run to determine whether the woman was impaired.
Even though the two surviving workers and the family of the deceased man will likely be entitled to workers' compensation benefits in connection with the accident, they may all file civil actions against the driver and any separate owner of the vehicle she was operating. As would be the case in other road construction site accidents, successfully establishing negligence on the part of the third-party driver could result in an award of damages. Any monetary restitution received could supplement any workers' comp benefits received.
Source: myarklamiss.com, "UPDATE: Construction Worker Dies After Tuesday Caldwell Parish Crash", Dec. 15, 2014