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Highway construction accidents persist on Maryland roads

Drivers in Maryland often fail to comply with speed restrictions in highway construction zones. Even though many workers have died because of speeding drivers, these construction accidents may not be receiving the attention they need and deserve. In all, mobile speed cameras issued nearly 350,000 tickets to drivers who were speeding in work zones in 2013. Although that amount - which netted $14 million in revenue - may seem like a lot, it was significantly less than 2012, when more than 417,000 work-zone tickets were handed out.

Safety experts say they want to see a year without any traffic deaths in work zones. In the past 13 month, a sobering number of workers have perished because of inattentive drivers that create unsafe working conditions. Just last month, a 54-year-old highway subcontractor was killed when he was struck by a truck, for instance. He joins another 50-year-old man and a 40-year-old victim who were killed by cars on the roadways since June 2013.

A statewide crackdown on unsafe working conditions for highway workers began in 2009. The year before that, a shocking seven workers were killed and more than 1,000 injured in 2,000 wrecks that occurred in work zones. Those workplace injury accidents occur even when workers are not present, as drivers are inattentive and do not pay attention to hazardous road conditions. Drivers are urged to comply with traffic signs and pay attention to construction workers and traffic barriers.

Victims who have been injured in roadside construction accidents may benefit from consulting a qualified personal injury attorney, as they may be eligible for workers' compensation benefits. Those workers should not have to suffer in silence because of someone else's negligence.

Source: The Washington Post, "Almost 350,00 speeding tickets issued in Md. work zones" Ashley Halsey III, Feb. 06, 2014

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