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May 6, 2013
A lack of motorists being aware of their surroundings while driving has led to a staggering number of Ohio construction zone accidents in recent years. In fact, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) has reported that a total of seven workers have lost their lives to on-the-job accidents involving other vehicles in the last ten years.
Most recently, an Ohio Truck Accident claimed the life of a 27-year-old ODOT worker and left a 59-year-old man seriously injured. Reports indicate the crash happened on I-71, just north of Columbus, Ohio.
According to an article from WFMJ News, the victim was attempting to operate a backhoe in a construction zone along the highway when the piece of equipment was suddenly struck from behind by a tractor-trailer. The impact of the collision took the construction worker’s life almost instantly, while the other victim remained in critical condition for several days.
Experts say that some of the most common factors that play a role in this type of collision are following another vehicle too closely, failure to control a vehicle, improper lane changes, and speeding.
Officials say one of the best ways to avoid a construction zone accident is to check the ODOT website for locations of projects and avoid those roads if possible.
The Ohio Personal Injury Lawyers with Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy also suggest eliminating distractions and buckling up as two other ways to help prevent such collisions from occurring.
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