Reduced speeds and other precautions going through construction zones aren't in place to simply annoy drivers and make their commute last longer than necessary. The precautions are all in place to help keep the construction zone workers safe from harm. When drunk drivers try to navigate through these construction zones, especially in the early morning hours when it is still dark, tragedy is almost sure to occur. A recent accident in an Illinois construction zone shows how these accidents can end in sheer disaster.
The fatal accident happened when a driver with a blood-alcohol content of .195 got behind the wheel of a van. He was speeding and driving erratically through a construction zone. He ran into a paving machine. A man who was working behind that machine was thrown onto the sidewalk. The man died as a result of his injuries.
The passengers in the drunk driver's vehicle were also hurt. One had facial injuries and the other had spine and head injuries.
The driver of the van is facing criminal charges in relation to the fatal crash. He is charged with aggravated DUI, misdemeanor DUI, failure to carry or display a driver's license, having no car insurance, and reckless homicide. While this may hold him responsible for his actions on that morning, it won't bring the deceased man back or help his family to cope with this wrongful death.
Anyone who loses a loved one because of a work-related death has the right to seek compensation for that loss from the employer through workers' compensation. In some cases, seeking compensation from the at-fault driver of the accident might be a better option than seeking work-related death benefits from workers compensation might be a preferable option. Knowing the laws pertaining to both might make the decision a little easier.
Source: Chicago Tribune, "Prosecutors: Driver in fatal construction worker wreck was impaired" Geoff Ziezulewicz and Rosemary Regina Sobol, Jun. 22, 2014