At Crossen Kooi Law, we are always “driving” home the importance
of eliminating distractions while behind the wheel. It is especially important
at this time of year as crews are on the road repairing those nasty potholes
left behind from the blizzard-like snowfall and sub-zero temperatures.
Just this week, a driver who police said was not paying attention
hit a crew with her van in Porter County, Indiana. Fortunately, these crews travel
with a device known as an “impact attenuator” (crash cushion)
and no one was injured.
This story could have had a very different ending. In the legal world,
not only would an injured member of this road crew had a worker’s
compensation claim as a result of being injured on the job, but he very
likely would have a personal injury claim against the insurance company
of the driver who plowed into them. These types of cases require the skilled
knowledge of not only a worker’s compensation attorney, but an attorney
who has experience with third-party claims. Call our firm if you have
questions regarding a third-party claim. We can help.