A tractor trailer from North Carolina struck and killed a construction worker who was working in the area of northbound Route 95 near the ICC (Route 200) early this morning around 1:30 a.m. Route 95 was closed for a period of time and just recently reopened. Apparently the tractor trailer entered the construction zone, struck a parked work truck then struck another work truck which then hit the construction worker. The worker was from Pennsylvania. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
In the D.C. Metro area, construction zones on Route 95 and other major highways are in full bloom in the summer in order to take advantage of the warmer temperatures and weather. A majority of road construction in our area takes place at night so as not to hamper rush hour traffic and to keep traffic delays to a minimum. Posted speed signs and lit warning signs require motorists to not only slow down but to pay attention to lane changes and closures at a time when they are tired and run down in the middle of the night. As we all know tractor trailers run through the Route 95 corridor all day and night but these professional drivers are required to follow specific Federal laws regarding driving times, rest times and other rules.
This law firm has handled numerous tractor trailer accidents from our Laurel, Maryland location and now on the Eastern Shore from our Ocean Pines office. Construction workers injured in Maryland by a negligent driver such as in this occurrence have both a workers' compensation claim for benefits, as well as a third party claim against the driver and his employer for the injuries sustained, medical bills, lost pay, pain and suffering and in a case such as this, wrongful death. This is a complex area of the law and definitely requires the assistance of an attorney who is aware of the different requirements of each claim.