Highway Worker Killed in New York State Thruway Accident

construction accident attorneyVincent J. Giammarva, 62, of Leroy, was killed on a highway worksite and another worker was critically injured after they were struck by a tractor-trailer. According to a WKBW news report, the incident occurred in the Town of Chili the afternoon of May 9. New York State Police said troopers responded to the scene on I-90 where a large truck had struck two maintenance workers. Giammarva was pronounced dead at the scene.

The other worker, 58-year-old Mark Vara of Scottsville, was transported to an area hospital in critical condition. No charges have been filed against the tractor-trailer driver at this time. The investigation is ongoing. Both workers were employees of the New York State Thruway Authority, according to reports. We offer our deepest condolences to Giammarva’s family for their tragic loss and wish the injured worker the very best for a speedy and full recovery.

Risks Faced by Highway Construction and Maintenance Workers

According to recent statistics, New York State highway workers face a concerning rate of accidents on the job. These workers, responsible for maintaining and improving the state’s extensive road network, encounter various hazards daily, ranging from speeding vehicles and those that occur when operating heavy machinery. Despite safety measures and protocols in place, these types of highway construction site accidents remain a significant danger.

State government statistics show that during 2023 alone, there were 413 work zone intrusions on New York State roads maintained by the State Department of Transportation and Thruway Authority. A “work zone intrusion” is defined as an incident where a motor vehicle enters a portion of the roadway that is closed for construction or maintenance activity. Such crashes resulted in three fatalities and 144 injuries to highway workers and occupants in 2023.

These statistics underscore the importance of efforts to enhance safety measures and increase awareness among motorists. Additionally, there is a need for continued investment in infrastructure to ensure that roads are not only functional but also safe for those tasked with their maintenance.

When Drivers Cause Work Zone Accidents

Various factors can play a role in such highway construction zone accidents. Speeding through construction zones, disregarding reduced speed limits, and failing to pay attention to signage and traffic control devices are common behaviors that increase the risk of accidents. Additionally, distracted driving, such as using mobile phones or eating while behind the wheel, can lead to inattentiveness and delayed reactions, increasing the likelihood of collisions.

Moreover, sudden lane shifts, narrowed lanes, and uneven road surfaces within construction zones demand greater attention from drivers. Ignoring these changes or failing to yield to construction vehicles and workers can result in serious accidents and injuries. It is crucial for drivers to exercise caution, adhere to posted speed limits, minimize distractions, and remain vigilant when navigating through highway construction zones to ensure the safety of both themselves and the construction workers on site.

Who Can Be Held Liable?

When a work zone accident injures a highway worker, drivers may be held liable if their negligence or carelessness contributed to the incident. Negligent (careless) behaviors such as speeding, distracted driving, or failure to follow posted signage and traffic control devices can establish driver liability. If a driver fails to adjust their speed appropriately within the construction zone or disregards the presence of construction workers and equipment, they may be responsible for any resulting injuries.

Drivers have a legal duty to exercise reasonable care while operating a vehicle, especially in areas where construction work is underway. Negligent (careless) drivers may face legal consequences, including civil liability for a victim’s injuries and damages including but not limited to medical expenses, lost wages and benefits, hospitalization, rehabilitation, past and future pain and suffering, etc. It’s essential for drivers to recognize the heightened risks present in work zones and take appropriate precautions to prevent accidents and protect the safety of construction workers.

Contacting an Experienced Lawyer

If you or a loved one has been injured in a work zone construction accident, the experienced New York personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm can help you better understand your legal rights and options, and also fight hard to recover just compensation for you. For over 52 years, our skilled accident attorneys have established a proven track record of helping injured victims get fair compensation for their losses.

Our law firm recovered $3,375,576 for a construction worker (an undocumented immigrant) who was injured on the job — one of the highest construction case settlements in New York that year. Our law firm also recovered $3,000,000 for a man who fell and suffered two broken legs when he walked into an open elevator shaft. Also, one of our clients obtained a verdict for $43,940,000 and another of our clients got a verdict for $23,500,000, both in medical malpractice cases.

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Source: https://www.wkbw.com/news/local-news/new-york-state-thruway-authority-worker-killed-on-i-90-in-henrietta