Posted on June 30, 2017
A Louisiana construction worker was killed Monday, July 3rd on Highway 31 after being struck by a truck. The worker was a New Iberia resident and an employee with the Department of Transportation and Development.
Louisiana State Police Troop I responded to the incident at 9 a.m. In a statement, the police department said that the victim was performing routine road maintenance when the driver of the truck failed to stop in a construction zone. This accident was one of three fatal crashed during the Independence Day weekend.
The injured worker was standing behind a dump truck that was stopped in the northbound lane of Louisiana 31 near Greenbriar Street. The construction vehicle clearly had its warning lights on while the construction crew worked behind it. The driver of the 2013 Dodge Ram pickup truck failed to notice the dump truck stopped in a traveling lane and hit the worker standing behind it, causing fatal injuries.
In a statement, police said, “Louisiana State Troopers wish to remind motorists of the importance of driving with caution in roadway construction zones.”
This accident is just one of many horrific accidents that happen in construction zones around the state of Louisiana. That’s why taking every precaution as a construction worker is essential. Wearing all safety equipment on the job is critical. Being visible at all times is extremely important for safety. It’s also important to keep and eye out all times possible. When your life is in the hands of other drivers on the road it’s sometimes up to you to make sure everyone on the road can see you.
Highway construction or maintenance zones are dangerous both for the people working there and for the motorists passing through. At the Charbonnet Law Firm, we represent motor vehicle accident victims — workers, local drivers, and out-of-state motorists — who were injured in accidents at or near road construction sites. For a free consultation about your claims, contact one of our experienced personal injury lawyers in New Orleans or Metairie.