Pennsylvania Man Sentenced in Death of PennDOT Construction Worker
Posted On Behalf of Schmidt Kramer Injury Lawyers on May 14, 2012 in Construction Accidents
A 26-year-old man from Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, was sentenced Wednesday for his part in the death of a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) worker. According to reports from WGAL 8 News, the man was sentenced to three months in prison and six months of electronic monitoring for hitting a killing a 57-year-old flagger.
The accident happened on a spring day in May of last year when the 26-year-old driver was nearing a construction zone on Gravel Hill Road in East Hanover Township, Pennsylvania. He was driving too fast and swerved to avoid hitting a stopped vehicle. Unfortunately, in the process of swerving, he hit and killed the construction worker directing traffic.
The driver later pled guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter and recklessly endangering the lives of others.
Road workers face a tremendous amount of risk on-the-job and are categorized as being in the single most dangerous industry in America today. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates that 844 workers were killed over a seven-year-period at road construction sites. Over that time period, the number of fatalities steadily rose each year from 94 deaths in 1995 to 118 deaths in 2001.
The construction accident lawyers at Schmidt Kramer are here to help if you have been injured in an accident while on the job site that was caused at no fault of your own. Contact an experienced attorney today for a free case consultation.