Late last month, a man who was working on a traffic signal in a bucket on a busy highway was hit by a truck. It happened along Highway 90 and Pitts Road in Houston. A bystander had a dashcam in his vehicle and recorded the incident.
The video shows a truck traveling about 50 miles per hour when it hits a worker, who was hoisted in a bucket working on a traffic signal. The worker went flying upside down. The man dangled in his safety harness for about 30 seconds before the crew lowered him down. Reportedly, if the man had not been wearing his safety harness, he could have fallen directly in front of cars driving down the highway.
According to the eyewitness, the road wasn’t blocked off and other safety rules may have been ignored. The driver of the truck stopped, and the bystander called 911. Although the worker was shaken up, he did not suffer any major injuries.
Accidents involving workers who are doing construction on roads and nearby structures are common. Unfortunately, many drivers do not keep a proper lookout for workers. Many of these accidents occur due to distracted driving on the part of the drivers or a failure by the workers to take proper safety precautions.
If you have been involved in an accident in a construction zone in Houston, either as a worker or in a vehicle, you should speak with an attorney. You have legal rights. Call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. We can help. Call us today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation.