Indianapolis Wrongful Death Lawyers fight for victims’ families
You see it all around Indianapolis – road construction. It might slow you down or force you to take an alternate route. It can be very frustrating, but we must be respectful of the workers on our roads and give them the space they need to do their jobs. Hearing stories like the recent tragedy on Interstate 69 is a sad reminder of just how dangerous the job can be for these roadside workers.
Earlier this month, workers were finishing up some construction on I-69 near the I-465 split. The road crew had picked up traffic cones and workers were about to remove an arrow board that was set up to block the left traffic lanes. Disaster struck when a pickup truck smashed into the arrow board and two construction workers standing nearby. Both workers died from their injuries. The pickup driver was trapped in the truck’s wreckage, but suffered only minor injuries. Investigators said it’s unclear why the driver hit the board and workers. Reports indicate alcohol doesn’t seem to be a factor, but toxicology results were pending.
The Indiana Department of Transportation will join the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration to investigate and make sure that all safety procedures were followed at the construction site. According to a press release from the Governor’s office, it was the first deadly accident involving an INDOT worker since 2012.
Gov. Mike Pence called for drivers to slow down and pay extra attention to construction workers in the state. “Hoosiers must work together to reduce the number of accidents in highway work zones and protect Indiana’s workers,” he said in a statement.
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Accidents like these are all the more tragic because they seem so avoidable. If the pickup truck driver had simply paid attention, the wreck may have never occurred. Instead, two families are left heartbroken, mourning their loss, and possibly unsure of what to do next or where to turn for help.
If you’ve lost a loved one in an accident, contact the Ken Nunn Law Office. Our Indianapolis wrongful death lawyers may be able to help get you the compensation you deserve.
Source. Elk Hart Truth, ‘http://www.elkharttruth.com/news/indiana/2014/05/09/Police-say-2-construction-workers-killed-on-I-69.html,’ May 09, 2014.