How Can I Avoid a Work Zone Accident?

By Peter DePaolis

According to the Baltimore Sun, on May 28, a Maryland Transportation Authority employee was killed in a work zone accident along Interstate 95 near Havre de Grace.

The newspaper reported that the victim, 59, an Abingdon resident, was struck at around 1 p.m. by a 2003 Ford E-150 van while he was mowing grass alongside the highway. According to reports, the man was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Police said that he was a facilities maintenance technician with the MdTA.

The driver of the van, 54, was transported to the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore for injury treatment. The accident remains under investigation and charges are pending. Authorities said the van left the roadway prior to the crash, hitting a stopped dump truck and the victim.

Avoiding a Work Zone Accident

When you are traveling on the highway, you must pay attention to all signs relating to work zones, as the failure to do so could result in death or serious personal injuries among workers.

Sadly, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there was an average of 669 fatal work zone accidents from 2007 through 2012 in the U.S. Among these accidents, about 69 percent involved pedestrian workers.

If you are traveling in a work zone, make sure that you:

  • Avoid tailgating
  • Follow posted speed signs
  • Avoid passing on the shoulder of the road
  • Pay attention to workers who may be nearby

Our Attorneys Assist Family Members of Workplace Accident Victims

While it may be difficult due to your grief, if your loved one is killed in a work zone accident, you should speak to our attorneys. Our lawyers can determine why the accident occurred and potentially help you proceed with litigation, if a driver was reckless.

You may be entitled to workers’ compensation death benefits or you could potentially file a wrongful death claim.

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Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P.

Maryland Injury Attorneys


About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.