No one wants to imagine losing their loved ones in a crash, especially when it didn’t have to happen. Oftentimes, it’s construction crews and road workers who are put into harm’s way, and they’re the ones who suffer the consequences of dangerous drivers’ behaviors.
Take for example this case in which a 43-year-old construction worker was attempting to stop southbound traffic. The left lane had stopped, but the right lane did not. As a result, the construction worker was hit by a 71-year-old man who was driving a sedan in the right-hand lane.
The worker initially survived the collision, but after being transported to Osceola Regional Medical Center, he was pronounced dead. The driver of the vehicle was not injured in the crash.
Construction crews are at risk on the roads
Stories like this one are why people need to know to be cautious around construction crews. Drivers’ actions can make a difference. Whether it’s failing to stop when asked, not moving slow enough or failing to move into a safer lane, those decisions can impact others’ lives.
Construction workers are at a high risk of being hit in work zones on highways and roadways. Between 2003 and 2017, 1,844 workers were killed in road construction sites, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Florida is ranked among one of the top states for road construction worker deaths as well.
Drivers who will be approaching construction zones need to remember to slow down and pay close attention. Workers are trying to do their jobs, but they are at great risk of being hurt if a driver does not stop or move around them carefully.