Roads are most dangerous workplace
Statistics from the Highways Agency have shown that injuries to road workers have more than doubled between 2005 and 2009.
It has been said that the road is the most dangerous workplace with hundreds killed in road accidents whilst either working on the roads or travelling as part of their jobs.
In an ideal world, road workers would be protected by having the roads they are working on closed to non works traffic but this is rarely possible. Working on a road with moving traffic a few feet away leaves road workers vulnerable to injury from passing vehicles.
Dangers faced by Road Workers
One of the main dangers faced by road workers is injury by vehicles whose drivers ignore reduced speed limits which are normally put in place to protect the road workers. A BBC team investigating this problem recently filmed motorists speeding past road works in a 50mph zone at speeds of up to 77mph.
Barriers are easily swept aside by a fast moving vehicle that loses control and one of the only protections for road workers, is an impact protection vehicle designed to act as a ‘cushion’ if hit by another vehicle, protecting the workers behind it, who are often working in the open who are as vulnerable as pedestrians.
Respect Road Workers
When appealing for all motorists to respect road workers and the job they do to keep the roads in a good state of repair, the Highways Agency has released the following rules for motorists to follow:
1. Keep within the speed limit - it is there for your safety.
2. Get into the correct lane in good time - don't keep switching.
3. Concentrate on the road ahead, not the road works.
4. Be alert for works traffic leaving or entering road works.
5. Keep a safe distance - there could be queues in front.
6. Observe all signs - they are there to help you.
Injured on the roads? Help and compensation is close at hand.
If you’ve been injured on the roads in the last three years, Thompsons Solicitors' expert road traffic accident solicitors can support you with making a road traffic compensation claim.
Whether you were the driver or passenger in a car, lorry, coach, van, bus, truck, on public transport or were injured as a pedestrian or cyclist, you may be able to claim for damages.
If you have suffered injuries such as whiplash, bruising or a more serious injury following a road traffic collision on the motorway, country lane or city roads, our solicitors across the UK are ready to help you to make a claim and access any rehabilitation you require.
Unlike other firms, Thompsons only ever acts for the injured person – never for insurance companies. This means we will fight harder to secure the maximum level of compensation for your injuries, and don’t need to please motor insurance paymasters.
Contact us today for a free, no obligation assessment of whether you have a claim for compensation following a road accident.
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