Kansas residents know that certain occupations can pose a higher risk of injuries than others. However, nearly all employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance so that any worker who is injured while on the job has an opportunity to receive financial compensation for their injuries. Certain occupations pose a higher risk of injuries than others. Many Kansas drivers have probably seen signs posted in construction zones warning drivers to slow down and use caution. These signs help protect the safety of the construction workers working on the road.
Even in non-construction areas, accidents on highways and roadways are a common occurrence. Drivers cause accidents all the time due to a variety of circumstances. Sometimes drivers are impaired, other times individuals are just not paying attention. Car accidents always have the potential to cause injury or damage but the risk for injury is greatly heightened when the accident involved a highway construction worker.
Recently, a worker in Indiana was working in a construction zone on the highway when he was struck by a man in a pick-up truck. The driver of the truck ran through two orange barrels that were in place to alert drivers to construction on the highway. The truck traveled over 1,500 feet in the closed lane before rear-ending a truck that belonged to employees of an asphalt company that was hired to do the work on the road.
One of the workers was transported to a local hospital and was treated for rib and internal injuries. The driver of the truck was found to have a blood-alcohol level of 0.54 percent, which is well over the legal limit. He faces multiple criminal charges related to the accident.
In addition to civil charges that may be pursued against this type of negligent driver, an injured worker may also be eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits from his employer from injuries sustained during the course of employment. This compensation can help with medical bills, lost wages, as well as any necessary rehabilitation that is required due to the injuries suffered. Experienced worker’s compensation legal professionals can assist Kansas residents who have been injured while working on the job and ensure that they receive all the compensation to which they are entitled.
Source: The Tribune Star, “Workers injured by impaired driver,” Clarence Williams, Oct. 11, 2013