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Family’s Loss Highlights Dangers in and near Construction Zones

Family’s Loss Highlights Dangers in and near Construction Zones

Indianapolis Wrongful Death Lawyers Will Help You Fight For Justice

It is nearly impossible to drive in Indiana without running into some type of road construction. In construction zones, objects such as road signs,construction barrels, construction workers, and new lane patterns can make driving more difficult. Although extra caution and reduced speeds should always be used around constructions zones, unfortunately, drivers are often inattentive, leading to tragic accidents. In the event of a tragic accident, it is important for a victim’s loved ones to consult with an experienced Indianapolis wrongful death attorney to determine if they have a claim for damages.

For one Indiana family, their drive on I­-65 took a life-altering turn when their vehicle was hit by a truck driver at a traffic stop near a construction zone. Now, the surviving husband is filing a wrongful death claim against the truck driver’s estate and employer after losing his wife and two sons in the disastrous crash that occurred last July. The victims’ family seeks to recover compensation for lost earnings, medical expenses, and funeral expenses. The suit alleges that the driver drove into a construction zone too fast, hitting the family’s vehicle. Tragically, this accident claimed the lives of the truck driver and one other individual.

How to Reduce Accident Risks in Construction Zones

For drivers, it is important to pay attention to signage that warns of upcoming road work. Often, those signs are intentionally placed well in advance of construction zones to give drivers more than enough time to prepare for lane closures and new traffic patterns. Additionally, while it is always imperative to refrain from distractions like text messaging while driving, you should practice extra caution when approaching and driving through construction zones.

Constructions zones can be unpredictable. The flow of traffic can slow down quickly or construction workers can be in the area. When diving at night, it is important to pay close attention to the lights on the road that are meant to direct drivers or alert them to approaching construction.

Statistics on Accidents in Construction Zones

The National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH) keeps statistics on the number of fatalities in construction zones. Nationwide in 2012 and 2013, respectively, 617 and 579 deaths occurred in work zones. In 2012, 14 of these occurred in Indiana while in 2013, nine of these fatalities were on Indiana roadways.

Though 14 and nine might not seem like high numbers, they represent the lives of 23 loved ones lost. Under Indiana law, wrongful death damages may include:

  • Medical expenses;
  • End of life expenses such as funeral and burial expenses;
  • Loss of companionship;
  • Pain and suffering;
  • Loss of benefits, like health insurance;
  • Loss of future income.

Work with an Experienced Indianapolis Wrongful Death Attorney

While compensation can never replace these lives, the experienced Indianapolis wrongful death attorneys at Holland & Holland, LLC can help fight for justice on your family’s behalf. If you lost a loved one in an accident, whether the accident occurred in a construction zone or elsewhere, call us today at (317) 581-4400 for a free consultation or contact us online.

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