A lot of the road construction work that is done on New York Highways is scheduled for the early morning hours when traffic is light and also to limit delays for motorists. Unfortunately, some of those who do travel at that time are on their way home from pubs, clubs and other facilities where they consumed alcohol. This increases the probability of road construction workers’ accidents that could cause severe injuries and even fatalities.
A 64-year-old construction worker is a victim of such an accident that left him critically injured. The Collision Investigation Squad of the New York Police Department has launched an investigation into the crash that occurred shortly after 3 a.m. on a recent Saturday. A preliminary accident report indicates that the worker was busy placing cones in the westbound traffic lanes of Gowanus Expressway in Brooklyn when he was struck by a vehicle.
The worker was rushed to an area hospital for treatment of a head injury, and his condition was reported to be critical upon admittance. Law enforcement arrested the 25-year-old driver whose vehicle struck the construction worker. He was charged with vehicular assault, reckless endangerment and drunk driving.
Victims of construction workers’ accidents that happened in construction zones on New York highways are typically eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. However, it might be a good idea to consult with an experienced attorney who can explain additional options for pursuing recovery of more comprehensive compensation through the civil justice system. If the injuries were caused by the negligence of a driver traveling through the construction zone, the victim likely has grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit in addition to the workers’ compensation benefits claim.