A worker for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation was taken to the hospital after a collision with a vehicle on Fourth Street in Monongahela. The construction accident occurred when a 32-year-old woman lost control of her vehicle and hit the employee as he was working traffic control.
Police believe that the driver may have been blinded by the sun at the time of the accident. Authorities do not believe that charges will be filed against the driver. Witnesses stated that the truck was not speeding at the time of the accident, and the driver told police that the sun was shining in her eyes so that she simply did not see the flagman.
The man was rushed to a nearby hospital with possible internal injuries. It is unclear how long he will remain in the hospital or how serious the prognosis for his injuries may be. While there may not be criminal charges filed against the driver who hit him, it is possible that he might be able to recover damages in a civil lawsuit based on negligence.
Workers who are injured on the job may have several options when it comes to receiving compensation for their physical and mental trauma. While many workers choose to rely on workers????????? compensation payment, both the employer and the at-fault driver in a case such as this may have liability for the worker's injuries. A construction accident attorney may be able to review the facts of the case and advise the employee on his rights regarding the recovery of medical bills, rehabilitation costs, lost wages, living expenses and sums for pain and suffering.
Source: WPXI, "PennDOT worker hit by car, rushed to hospital", May 01, 2013