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Work zone injuries a rising problem in New York

When thinking about construction accidents and the dangers that a construction worker might face in New York, the immediate thought turns to constructing tall buildings, working on a roof, being stationed at great heights and dealing with heavy machinery. However, road workers who are doing necessary construction to build, maintain and repair the state's infrastructure are in substantial jeopardy of being in an accident - perhaps more than other construction workers. Needing to navigate roadwork with drivers who might not pay attention to the dangers can lead to a construction worker accident and injuries. It can even cause death. Those who have been hurt must remember they are likely entitled to workers' compensation.

According to the statistics, there were almost 700 accidents in construction zones in New York in 2017. Distracted driving is believed to have been a cause in a significant number of them. Although the New York State Department of Transportation is entreating drivers to pay close attention to the road as they are supposed to, there are seemingly endless anecdotes from workers about drivers who are not watching what they are doing and are therefore placing workers at risk.

A recent article noted how one worker who does maintenance stated that he witnessed a driver who was not using a smartphone while behind the wheel, but was using a laptop. This same worker was injured when his truck was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer. He suffered injuries to his neck that are still problematic. Initially, he had headaches, but treatment was effective in alleviating them. Another worker who did maintenance for the NYSDOT was hurt when a tractor-trailer ran into the work zone and he was hit by a sharp object. His helmet prevented long-term damage. The driver continued without stopping.

Any worker who is employed in a construction work zone where vehicles pass should be aware of the chance that there could be a crash due to a driver speeding, behaving recklessly, driving under the influence or failing to pay attention. When suffering injuries on the job, there will be the need for medical care, coverage for the lost wages and other costs. Workers' compensation benefits are imperative to recover and to make ends meet. When seeking workers' compensation after suffering serious injuries when working on road construction, it can be beneficial to speak to a law firm experienced in representing injured workers.

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