Early this morning, a construction worker was killed on I-95 North near the Intercounty Connector (ICC Route 200) after a tractor trailer plowed into two construction work trucks. The work trucks hit the worker, Randy Jury, severely injuring him. After being transported to the hospital, Jury was pronounced dead. The tractor trailer driver suffered injuries in the crash as well, but the extent of his injuries is not known. The exact cause of the crash is still under investigation.
Deadly accidents in construction zones are a very serious problem, especially along I-95 in Maryland where several major construction projects are ongoing. Although construction workers on the side of highways appear safe standing behind concrete barriers, sometimes it is only cones that stand between the worker and speeding vehicles. Numerous road work signs alert drivers to be cautious and slow down when driving through construction zones. Oftentimes, speed cameras are set up in works zones to catch drivers disobeying the speed limit, however, some drivers disregard the warnings and continue to drive fast and recklessly through these work zones. Construction workers on the side of the highways should be able to feel safe while they do their job, and should never have to worry about watching out for cars crashing into them. But unfortunately these types of tragic accidents happen every day.
Construction zones and work zones on highways usually bring new traffic patterns, including numerous lane shifts and closures. Drivers must be even more cautious and aware of where they are going in order to avoid accidents involving other vehicles or construction workers. For example, the construction project on I-95 in Baltimore will require weekly changes to traffic patterns, which will likely lead to confusion on the part of drivers as to how to exit the highway. Stay alert, drive slow, and be safe when driving through work zones on the highway.
If you or a family member have been injured or killed in a work zone accident and would like to consult an experienced Maryland personal injury attorney for free, contact our office at (301) 854-9000 to schedule an appointment at one of our office locations in Baltimore or throughout Maryland or visit us online at http://www.portnerandshure.com/Personal-Injury/