An allegedly drunk driver attempting to navigate the Woodmen Road project in Colorado Springs recently struck a road construction worker on Academy Boulevard. The early-morning crash sent the worker to the hospital with a broken leg and head injuries.
Janice Koch, 54, was hit about 1:40 a.m. Police told KRDO-TV that speed and alcohol were both factors in the collision. The driver accused of hitting, 22-year-old Dustin Thomas, fled the scene by was later apprehended.
Colorado Springs City engineer Dino Bakkar said “even if you’re not drinking, it does take a level of awareness to come through the site [safely].”
Barriers at the site are intended to protect the project’s workers, Bakkar said.
The serious injuries sustained at the Woodmen Road project should cause motorists and road construction employees there and elsewhere to reexamine their habits. Too often, road workers are injured by drunk or speeding drivers.
Other factors accounting for injuries and fatalities among road construction workers include:
Highway construction zones typically have a number of safety features to help protect both workers and motorists:
Used properly, these safety features and measures help reduce injuries and fatalities among road construction workers.
Under Colorado law, workers injured on the job are entitled to workers’ compensation. If you have been injured in a road construction crash or accident, contact a Colorado workers’ compensation attorney for an evaluation of the facts of your case. A workers’ comp lawyer understand workers’ compensation law and can help injured employees successfully navigate a complex legal system to obtain compensation for medical costs and lost wages.