Texas Construction Worker Killed in Highway Accident

by Francisco Guerra, IV. on 10/07/2012

A construction worker in Lubbock, Texas was killed recently in a highway work zone accident.  According to news reports, the man was engaged in cement paving work on Idalou Highway, when he was struck by a tractor-trailer driver who was moving a mobile home.  The 20-year-old construction worker sustained fatal injuries, and died at the scene.

The victim was an employee of a firm which was had been contracted by the Texas Department of Transportation for the highway repair work.  According to the driver of the truck, he did not realize that he had struck the victim till after the accident.  Police are investigating the accident.  The tractor-trailer driver has not yet been charged in the accident.

According to the Texas Department of Transportation, approximately 15,000 accidents occur every year in construction work zones in the state of Texas, and more than 100 people are killed in these accidents, most of them construction workers. 

In most of these cases, the excessive speed of the motorist or truck driver is responsible for the accident.  In other cases, these accidents occur because drivers are not alert, and fail to spot construction workers.  In fact, in 2010 alone, more than 3,000 accidents that occurred in construction work zones in Texas could be directly linked to distracted driving.

Texas is a hotbed of construction activity with more than 1,000 open zones any time in operation.  It's highly likely that truck drivers and motorists will encounter one of these work zones, and it is very important that drivers are responsible enough to drive safely through these work zones, without endangering workers.  Slow down when you enter a zone, pay attention to construction workers around, and avoid debris and equipment that is lying around in a zone.

If you are a construction worker who has been injured in an accident, consult an experienced Houston construction accident attorney at Watts Guerra Craft.  Initial consultations are free.

Tags: Construction Site Work Injuries, Texas

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