Missouri Suffers Two Work Zone Accident Days before National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week

Missouri Suffers Two Work Zone Accident Days before National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week

Nation Work Zone Safety Awareness Week comes just a few days after a Missouri Department of Transportation Department worker was struck by a tractor-trailer on Interstate 70, according to CBS St. Louis. Missouri Department of Transportation Assistant District Engineer Tom Blair says the tractor-trailer first struck a truck-mounted attenuator, a large steel bed on the back of the MoDOT vehicles strategically placed around workers to reduce potential injury in these St. Louis work zone accidents.

Our St. Louis car accident lawyers urge drivers be extra cautious when traveling through these work zones as the slightest inattention can produce potentially deadly results. Work zone accidents are not uncommon as we recently reported in our St. Louis Car Accident Lawyer Blog, an MoDOT transportation vehicle was hit by a large gas tanker in a work zone about a week ago.

“It appears at this time that part of this crash worked as well as could be expected,” said MoDOT Assistant District Engineer Tom Blair. “If somebody’s going to run into us, that’s what they’re supposed to hit.”

As part of the Work Zone Awareness week festivities, MoDOT will be having a “Where in the District is Barrel Bob?” contest, according to KFVS 12. Residents are encouraged to participate and try to find this 10-foot tall man made of orange construction barrels as he will be place in a different locations among the 14 county district. The first person to identify Bob’s correct location will receive a prize from the Southeast Missouri Coalition for Road Safety.

While we celebrate this week with fun and game, work zone safety is no laughing matter. According to Ozarks First, 15 people died in Missouri work zones, which shows an increase of 2 fatalities from 2009. They also report that there were more than 1,000 injuries in 2010, compared to nearly 700 in 2009.

As the MoDOT does their part to protect the construction and maintenance area workers, we need to do our part to keep everyone safe in these areas. MoDOT offers this Public Service Announcement to help spread the world about the importance of safe driving, especially in our work zones. MoDOT joine agencies across the United States to spread the word about work zone hazards and how to effective avoid a potentially fatal situation.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a St. Louis work zone car accident, contact Ryan R. Cox and Associates for a free and confidential consultation. Call (636) 946-6886.

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