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Construction workers risk being victims of car accidents

It always seems as if there is road construction going on somewhere in Connecticut. That means that there are road construction workers who are at risk of being victims of car accidents. Even with barriers and road signs, there is no guarantee that a worker will not be injured by a  passing motorist.

A portion of Route 190 is currently under construction. On a recent Wednesday, a 52-year-old road construction worker was directing traffic in that area. At the same time, a vehicle was approaching his location and failed to move around the worker.

Instead, the vehicle struck the man. A medical helicopter responded to the scene, but it was too late. The worker succumbed to the injuries he suffered in the accident.

The vehicle that hit him was being driven by a 93-year-old man. Connecticut State Police continue to investigate the crash in order to determine why the man failed to go around the victim. Troopers are asking for anyone who might have information regarding what happened to contact them. No word was given as to whether charges are being contemplated against the driver.

In the meantime, the family of the victim is most likely eligible for workers' compensation benefits, but that does not preclude them from filing a wrongful death claim against the driver. If they are able to establish to the court that negligence led to the death of their loved one, the court might award them damages often seen in car accidents. Any restitution they receive could help defray the financial losses incurred in connection with his loss.

Source: wtnh.com, "Police identify man killed after hit by car in Somers", Alex Ceneviva and Macy Corica, March 23, 2016

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