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Driver charged in accident that killed VDOT contractor

Virginia drivers often see warning signs, orange pylons, barriers and other devices intended to protect road workers from being struck by passing vehicles. In an ironic twist, a worker hired by the Virginia Department of Transportation to set up such barriers was killed in a car accident by a driver who says she took her eyes off the road.

The workers was an independent contractor hired by VDOT to set up a work zone on southbound I-95 in Prince George County. On Feb. 2, at about 11:15 a.m., the worker installing barriers to close the shoulder of the freeway. He was struck by a southbound car driven by a woman from North Carolina. The woman told police that she momentarily looked down and took her eyes off the road. The worker died from his injuries at the scene.

The driver was not injured. After being interviewed by state police officers, she was charged with reckless driving. The exact cause of the accident has not been established, but the State Police Accident Reconstruction Unit is investigating the cause.

The dead worker appears to be eligible for Virginia workers' compensation benefits, but such benefits may not be sufficient to meet his family's financial needs. Because the accident was caused by the apparent negligence of a third party, the worker's family may have a claim for damages against the female driver. Such claims often yield damages far in excess of state workers' compensation benefits.

Anyone who has suffered an injury or lost a loved one in a traffic accident while working may wish to consult an experienced personal injury attorney for advice. Attorneys can explain the likelihood of recovering damages from any third party who may have caused the accident in whole or in part.

Source: CBS-TV 6, "Driver charged after VDOT contractor killed on I-95," Feb. 3, 2018

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