Holyoke, MA- With summer is full swing, road construction projects are popping up all over Massachusetts and the rest of the country. These highway work zones, although intended to improve the road, can be tie up traffic and a present dangers which can lead to an injurious or deadly accident.
Last week, in Holyoke, Massachusetts, a road worker was killed when he was struck by a dump truck in a construction zone on I-91. MassLive.com reports that the accident occurred on June 11, just after 3 a.m. and left a Palmer Paving worker dead.
There are few details about how the accident took place, why or who is at fault. According to multiple reports, the dump truck driver was an independent contractor and has not yet been cited for the accident, according to MassLive.com.
In the summer, road work spikes so accidents like this one become more common. According the Federal Highway Commission, a road worker is injured every 14 minutes. Twenty-five percent of work zone accidents are caused by large commercial trucks. Or, are involved in chain reaction collisions set off of by speeding, inattentive or fatigued truck driver.
Take for instance a recent work zone fatality, which occurred in Colorado last month. That accident left a state DOT worker dead and was set off by truck driver who was not paying attention to the flow of traffic. As the truck driver approached a traffic signal near the work zone, he failed to stop, striking a truck which then fatally struck a highway worker.
Overall accidents involving dump trucks or other large commercial vehicles are less common than accident involving passenger vehicles, but truck accidents are still twice as deadly. That isn’t surprising when you consider their weight and size. On top of being more deadly and destructive, truck accidents are more costly and far more complicated, which makes it crucial for the victims to have legal counsel.
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You may know that you are entitled to compensation, but don’t know where to begin or how much your injury claim is worth. When you contact a truck accident attorney near your area of Massachusetts, they will set up a consultation, during which they will tell you the value of your claim and determine how to get the very best settlement for you and your loved ones. Your attorney will work tirelessly to ensure your accident-related expenses are covered by the at-fault truck driver not you.