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Danger of construction accidents shown as flagger is hit by car

Pennsylvanians who work construction will undoubtedly understand the dangers they face each day. The sheer nature of the work predicates a certain amount of risk. There is heavy equipment, large vehicles, cumbersome tools and the need to work at great heights. Construction accidents are common and lead to serious injuries and fatalities. In many cases, the negligence of others is the cause of the accident. This can include coworkers or people who are passing by. Knowing what steps to take after an accident is essential for the injured worker and his or her family.

According to recent reports, a man who was working on a construction road crew was injured when a car hit him. The man, 48, was working as a "flagger" in which he waves cars by when it was safe for them to do so. At around 9:45 a.m., a woman in her 70s hit him with her car. The investigation into the accident indicates that she was distracted at the time and did not see him. The worker was flown to the hospital for treatment. He is not believed to be facing life-threatening injuries. The investigation is ongoing and the woman might face charges for the crash.

Construction accidents can come about in a variety of circumstances. This is especially true when workers are on the road and must deal with vehicles passing back and forth. Some drivers might be distracted or simply disregard signs and workers who are trying to direct them. After a construction accident, there can be missed time at work, lost wages and even the loss of life. A lawsuit is frequently the only available strategy to receive adequate compensation for all that was lost. The investigation is key to help the worker receive compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, the need for extended care and more. If there is a fatality, it is even more vital to have legal assistance.

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