Construction workers in California and elsewhere are at great risk for on-the-job injuries. In fact, this type of work is often considered one of the most dangerous jobs in the country. Sadly, many injuries and deaths in construction zones could have been prevented were it not for the negligence of passing motorists. A recent construction site fatality occurred on Interstate 5 in Stockton when a woman suspected of DUI breached safety cones and struck a worker.
The worker was assisting a crew in cutting concrete that was blocking access to northbound and southbound lanes. A woman driving westbound on the roadway veered into the construction zone and struck the worker as he walked on the site. Sadly, the 34-year-old man did not survive his injuries.
Woman fled the scene following the construction site fatality
A 21-year-old woman was reportedly driving the vehicle that struck and killed the construction worker. Investigators say she exited her vehicle following the crash and fled the area. California police later contacted the woman at her home. She now faces numerous criminal charges, including felony DUI and manslaughter.
Support is available
When a California family is grieving the loss of a loved one who was killed in a construction site accident, it may be possible for surviving family members to seek justice in civil court. A wrongful death claim can be filed against the person deemed responsible for the fatal collision. It is often crucial to seek support from an experienced personal injury attorney before pursuing such a claim in court.