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Line Painter Killed on I-81

Recently, a construction worker was killed while painting lines on I-81 in Franklin County.  According to PennDOT, the driver who struck the worker was trying to get around a vehicle whose job was keeping traffic away from the working crew members.  It is unfortunate for all parties that this occurred.  It is the duty of drivers on the road to be aware of construction workers and give the time, space, and patience they need to do their job safely.  


Working on construction sites is potentially hazardous for employees for many reasons.  Besides the reason highlighted above, sometimes employers fail to follow all established safety procedures and protocol.  It is also a potentially dangerous place for bystanders. These construction claims often involve potential 3rd party claims against other liable defendants, in addition to your workers compensation claim.  In a related matter, Attorney Stoehr settled a claim in 2010 for over a million dollars for a man seriously injured near a hole that had been recently excavated.  If you have been injured working on a construction site or as a bystander near a construction site, please contact our office  for more information or to set up a free consultation with Attorney Doug Stoehr at 814-946-4100.

Road Construction Is A Danger All Year Round

So, September is finally here and most of the construction work in Pennsylvania is finished for the year, right? Well, guess again.  Roadside construction and associated hazards are common throughout the entire year.  Construction workers are particularly susceptible to danger in the summer months, with a combination of summer vacationers, long days, and hot weather leading to a rise in accidents.  However, construction workers face danger all year round while working outside to keep our roads in good condition.  


Construction workers are vulnerable to being hit by passing cars, of course, but also to several other dangers.  They also suffer from a high number of falls, such as from scaffolding or in precarious places, like bridges.  They also are frequently caught between or inside objects.  Sometimes, they can be caught between cars on the road, or the road and and a lane divider.  As morose as this all sounds, it's really important to recognize the inherent dangers that construction workers face every day while they are out working for us.  By respecting them and giving them the space they need to work safely, you can save lives and avoid a significant accident. 


Working on construction sites is potentially hazardous for employees, especially when employers fail to follow all established safety procedures and protocol. When these construction workers are working on the roads, they are also at a significant risk to be hit by drivers who are not obeying the safety rules for work zones.   A construction zone is also a potentially dangerous place for bystanders. These construction claims often involve potential 3rd party claims against other liable defendants, in addition to your workers compensation claim.  


In a related matter, Attorney Stoehr settled a claim in 2010 for over a million dollars for a man seriously injured near a hole that had been recently excavated.  If you have been injured working on a construction site or as a bystander near a construction site, please contact our office at 814-946-4100 for more information or to set up a free consultation with Attorney Doug Stoehr.

Construction Season Safety Tips

Well, Pennsylvanians, "construction season" is unofficially here.  Need some tips as to how to keep your sanity and keep yourself/others safe on the road? Check out these tips below, courtesy of DrivingAmbitionInc.com.

  • The article from Driving Ambition notes that you should be aware that traffic delays in work zones aren't always confined to certain hours, and can occur late at night and early in the morning.  Be aware at all times. Also, be patient with construction workers.
  • Although obvious, always remember to slow down in work zones.  This will protect you, the other cars, and the construction workers!
  • Also, don't tailgate! Leave breathing room for other cars in case unexpected stopping/slowing down occurs.  
  • As always, DON'T text and drive.  You will need your attention focused on the road when going through work zones even more so than when driving regularly down the road.  Don't make a foolish mistake like texting and potentially cause long-lasting consequences for yourself and others. 
  • As noted in the article, "Expect delays and give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination on time.  A great resource is the National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse (http://www.workzonesafety.org/).  This website contains information on work zone delays throughout the country."

Car accidents are frightening, expensive, and time-consuming.  These accidents become more complicated and potentially lethal when they occur in a work zone.  Car accidents may also result in injuries that are extensive, painful, and long-lasting.  If you suffered an injury due to a car accident caused by another, it might be time to consult with an attorney.  Attorney Doug Stoehr is a personal injury lawyer serving western and central Pennsylvania. For more information on his Altoona, PA law firm, please visit his website athttp://www.stoehrlaw.com or call his office at814-946-4100.

Please find the original article here:

http://www.drivingambitioninc.com/blog/bid/56989/Top-10-Work-Zone-Safety-Tips-for-CDL-Drivers

Workzone Safety Awareness Week

This week, Department of Transportation organizations across the country kicked off National Work Zone Awareness Week.  This is an annual event to encourage safety for both workers and travelers through our country's highway work zones.  This campaign is especially important at this time of year, when so many highways are undergoing spring and summer maintenance to repair the damage left by the harsh winter weather.  This year, the theme of National Work Zone Awareness Week is "Expected The Unexpected".  This theme was used 15 years ago, and is focused on showing drivers why it is so critical to be alert, cautious, and attentive while driving through road construction.  

Hopefully, the awareness week will help to prevent some of the accidents and fatalities that occur every year when drivers pass through work zones. Last year, PennDOT reported that just under 25 people were killed in highway construction site crashes.  PennDOT is also launching a social media campaign to encourage safety while driving through work zones, which is called #Slow4Zone.  To learn more about the program, please go to JustDrivePA.org. 

Many people who have traveled on Pennsylvania's state highways have most likely noticed the large amount of aggressive and inattentive drivers.  Although many travelers are conscientious and considerate, many others are aggressive, speed, and frequently switch lanes without signaling.  This is a serious problem, especially when traveling through work zones.  As a result, Pennsylvania has a high number of car accidents, which can lead to serious injuries and fatalities for people in neighboring cars and trucks, as well as for our state's highway construction workers.  If you or a loved one has been in an accident due to the fault of another, it might be time to consult with an attorney.  Attorney Doug Stoehr represents clients in Blair and the surrounding counties in central and western Pennsylvania. For more information on his law firm, please visit his website at http://www.stoehrlaw.com or call his office at 814-946-4100.

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