Construction workers are particularly vulnerable during the months of summer and early fall when they are working on the dangerous highways of Ohio. Tragic workplace accidents can occur when motorists are not exercising the upmost caution as they approach a construction zone. This appears to be what happened recently when a 63-year-old construction worker was struck and killed by a motorist while working at an overpass construction zone in Avon, Ohio on I-90 Westbound.
According to the report, a minivan and a jeep collided, causing the jeep to enter the construction zone where it struck the worker as he was starting to place tarps down in preparation for painting that day. Some of the witnesses tried to help the construction worker but he did not survive his serious injuries.
Because this tragic construction site accident occurred during working hours, the victim’s family will be entitled to receive dependent death benefits and reimbursement for funeral and medical expenses incurred as a result of the accident through the Ohio Worker’s compensation system. If a claim is filed, all of his medical expenses for medical care received as a result of the accident should also be reimbursed.
Based on the events that apparently transpired leading up to this tragic accident, it is also possible that the immediate relatives of the construction worker may have a valid wrongful death claim against one or both of the drivers that crashed prior to hitting the victim. It is possible that one or both of these drivers was negligent in the operation of their vehicle when it passed through the construction zone.
Source: 19 Action News, “Name of construction worker killed on I-90 released,” Sept. 12, 2012.