Working on a road construction crew can be dangerous work. When your “office” is the side of a busy highway or interstate, simply doing your job can place you in life-threatening situations each day. Even though Florida doubles the original fine for speeding in work zones when workers are present, the fines are not enough to deter all drivers from putting construction crew employees at risk. When a construction worker is injured in a work zone, he or she can file a workers’ compensation claim to pay for medical treatment and provide temporary disability benefits. However, these benefits do not fully compensate the worker for all his losses and damages. As you approach a construction zone, remember the men and women working in the area are doing their job and deserve your patience and caution. Below are several suggestions to help avoid accidents in work zones.
How Can You Help Keep Road Construction Employees Safe?
Warning signs and speed limit reductions are not a “suggestion” for drivers to slow down in work zones. The reason the state sets high fines for speeding in work zones is that workers are at an elevated risk for injury and death when working so close to heavy traffic. When you are approaching a work zone, slow down and proceed with caution. Avoid distractions (i.e. cell phones, eating, grooming, reading, etc.) when approaching and driving through a work zone. Many accidents in construction zones are caused by distracted drivers. Make sure you keep a safe following distance from the vehicle in front of you. You may be paying attention, but the driver in front of you may be distracted and suddenly slam on the breaks to avoid a collision. You need to be prepared. You need to obey all signs and construction workers who are directing traffic. Pay close attention to these instructions because they keep you safe in addition to keeping the road crew safe from injuries. It is everyone’s responsibility to help avoid road construction accidents. Keep the men and women working on road construction crews safe by following safe driving habits in work zones.
Have You Been Injured at Work?
Employees injured on the job in Florida can receive benefits under Florida’s workers’ compensation system. In most cases, the employer and the insurance company approve the claim and benefits are paid. However, in some cases, an employer refuses to file the claim or an insurance company denies a valid workers’ comp claim. In these cases, the employee may need the assistance of a Boca Raton workers’ comp law firm to get the benefits the employee deserves. The workers’ compensation lawyers of Broderick Law Firm, P.L. are here when you need the assistance of an experienced, compassionate attorney. Contact our office today 1-800-333-3903 to speak with an attorney. We represent individuals in West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale & Miami, FL.