A Tennessee construction worker was seriously injured in a recent bizarre accident involving a car that "flew" off the interstate and struck him. The accident, which occurred on a recent Wednesday in March in Hamilton County, resulted in the construction worker suffering a serious job site injury. The worker had been involved in a road expansion project for Highway 27 at the time the accident occurred.
The driver of the car didn't remember what happened or how he lost control of the car, a local Chattanooga news station said. When recounting the crash, witnesses frequently repeated that the crash seemed like something out of a movie. One woman recalled hearing a bang and said it appeared the man's car hydroplaned, even though the roads were not slick at the time of the accident.
Another witness's account of the accident echoed this, saying that the car "was up in the air" when it struck the worker. A representative of the Tennessee Department of Transportation said that when roads are under construction, drivers who aren't paying attention are often caught unaware by changes in the road, as sometimes overnight a contractor will shift traffic, resulting in cars driving on one road one day but a completely different part of the road the next day. The construction worker was rushed to a local hospital with a fractured leg.
A person employed in the construction industry know that his or her job often comes with certain hazards, as well as a higher risk of an accident. However, this does not diminish the rights of a Tennessee worker when the individual suffers a job site injury. When construction workers suffer work-related injuries, they typically consult experienced workers' compensation attorneys to help assist them with the submission of their claims.
Source: wrcbtv.com, "UPDATE: Construction worker hit by car off Highway 27", Ken Nicholson, March 23, 2016