People who work in road crews doing construction on interstates and tollways around Chicago have some of the most dangerous jobs there are. Aside from the usual dangers involved in working in any construction area, they face the threat of distracted, impaired and just plain reckless motorists.
On Sept. 14, a 59-year-old construction worker died after he was struck by a Glenview man on Interstate 294 near Touhy Avenue shortly after 10:00 p.m. According to the Illinois State Police (ISP), the 26-year-old driver also struck an unoccupied construction vehicle when he sped into the closed lanes where construction work was taking place.
The driver was treated for his injuries and released from the hospital. However, he has now been charged with reckless homicide, aggravated DUI and speeding as well as drug possession and other traffic violations. He’s being held in jail without bond.
The man’s legal woes are compounded by the fact that there was a warrant out on him in Michigan for violating his parole. It wasn’t reported what type of case that parole involved. His next court appearance is scheduled for later this week.
When construction workers are injured or killed due to the actions of someone not involved with the work, it’s essential for victims and loved ones to explore all of their legal options for compensation. A criminal case brought against the person who allegedly caused the injury or death can help a civil case. However, it’s important to look at whether those in charge of the site did everything reasonably possible to protect workers from harm. Experienced legal guidance is essential.