You thought you were being silly all those years, worrying that your husband would be injured while doing roadside construction. Now that it’s happened, you know you were right to worry; the more you read about these injuries, you realize it could have been just that easy—even likely—for him to lose his life.
According to the US Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration, roadwork-related construction deaths typically account for 1.5% to 3% of all workplace fatalities per year. Studies have shown that the largest loss of life among road workers in New Jersey comes from three major sources:
- Run-overs and back-overs: Workers being run over or backed over by construction vehicles or heavy equipment is by far the most prevalent cause of death for road workers. Between 2005 and 2010, 48% of workers who died on the job were killed by vehicles—and the data showed that workers were 5% more likely to be struck and killed by construction vehicles than by passing cars, trucks, or semis.
- Vehicle Collisions: The second most common cause of death for NJ road workers is collisions between passing vehicles and construction equipment. These types of deaths are on the rise; as many as 19% of construction worker fatalities were caused by collisions in 2010.
- Caught in Between Objects: Only slightly less frequent are cases of workers becoming caught between construction equipment and other objects. While once accountable for 14% of road worker deaths, these injuries have decreased in recent years, and were most recently reported at 8% in 2010.
No matter how your loved one’s death occurred, you have the right to seek justice and compensation for your loss. A Morristown construction accident attorney can tell you in your first consultation who is responsible, what you may be owed, and answer any other legal questions you may have—all at no cost to you.
To find out if you and your family could be entitled to a settlement for a construction accident death, call the law team at Manfred F. Ricciardelli, Jr. at (877) 360-0183 today to begin your FREE consultation. To learn more about workers’ compensation, click the link above to get a FREE copy of our electronic book, What the Injured Worker Needs to Know: Your Workers’ Comp Guide.