Highway patrol investigates cause of accident that took road worker’s life

Repairing Ohio’s roadways can be hazardous work, perhaps especially in the spring and summer months when the amount of work increases. Nevertheless, highway workers should be able to expect other drivers to heed signage and other warnings about taking special care in work zones. Failure to exercise due caution too often results in serious accidents.

Sadly, a road worker was killed recently in Suffield Township after being hit by a pickup truck. The man was reportedly on foot when the accident happened, and the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s investigation is ongoing.

According to reports, the 60-year-old man was repairing potholes at the time of the collision. He was taken to Akron City Hospital, where he died a short time later.

The man was said to be the eighth individual this year to die on roads in Portage County.

The 19-year-old driver of the pickup truck was reportedly not injured, and the exact cause of the accident remains to be determined.

While no legal action can return a lost loved one to your life, a wrongful death claim may be necessary in order to receive compensation for the economic and emotional losses caused by the death.

Ohio’s wrongful death laws allow immediate family members to sue negligent parties for compensation, and in some cases, the family may also bring a lawsuit on behalf of their deceased loved one. For a list of the kinds of compensation a grieving family may seek, please see Chester Law Group’s wrongful death overview.