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.
Unfortunately, it does seem like Pennsylvania has a high number of car accidents each year, which leaves other drivers stranded on the highways for a long period of time while waiting for crash sites to be cleared. However, Pennsylvania officials have recognized how frustrating this can be and are trying to keep drivers more informed.
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.