Construction work is often dangerous as are the roadways. This typically means that individuals conducting road work are often at substantial risk of being involved in a serious accident. While machinery and other factors relating to the job itself can present hazards, so can passing motorists. As a result, a California employee could easily end up in need of workers’ compensation.
It was recently reported that an individual working as part of a construction crew was injured by a vehicle in another state. Apparently, the worker was using a flag to help direct traffic through a construction zone. The worker had stopped northbound traffic, which consisted of a motorcyclist at the time, when a 17-year-old driver hit the motorcycle and the worker. The impact caused the worker to be thrown into the side of a parked car.
The motorcyclist suffered fatal injuries as a result of the incident, and the worker was seriously injured. She was taken from the scene by medical air transport to the hospital. The report stated that the driver of the car did not suffer any injuries in the incident, and it did not appear that drugs or alcohol contributed to the crash.
It is likely that the worker injured in this incident will need workers’ compensation. These benefits work to help qualifying workers — including those in California — with financial ramifications of work-related accidents. This compensation could include assistance for medical bills and lost wages. However, it can be difficult to obtain these benefits in some cases, so it may prove beneficial to enlist professional legal assistance when working through the process.