A worker with the Maryland State Highway Administration has passed away after he was struck by a vehicle on Interstate 695. The man, age 50, died at the scene of the wreck. Family members of the 25-year employee could seek workers' compensation in connection with the incident since the victim died on the job while he was repairing a road sign. Another employee, age 38, was also injured in the incident.
Official reports show that the man and his partner had parked their vehicle on the side of the road while performing the repairs. The 50-year-old man had exited the vehicle, but it appears that the younger worker was still in that car. The younger man was injured as he attempted to leap from the vehicle before the crash. In addition, the at-fault driver, a 61-year-old woman, was transported to a local medical facility for treatment of her injuries.
An official investigation is still pending in the accident, and authorities have not said whether the woman was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the collision. Speed could also be considered a potential factor in the crash.
The state agency is already working to improve education about roadside safety. A safety review meeting for all employees was held the day after the man's death. The workers also expressed their sorrow about the incident through a moment of silence.
Agency leaders say that scores of highway workers are subject to dangerous conditions each year as they risk their lives in roadway work zones. All drivers are encouraged to remain vigilant while on the state's roadways, stay alert and slow down when they enter a construction zone. Those simple precautions can save innumerable lives throughout the state's roadways.
The victim's family members may be able to recover financial damages in connection with the incident from the man's employer as well as the at-fault driver. Those relatives deserve the financial comfort that comes with the monetary assistance provided by workers' compensation.
articles.baltimoresun.com, "State highway worker killed in Parkville crash on I-695 outer loop" Carrie Wells, Nayana Davis and Colin Campbell, Nov. 14, 2013