Philadelphia Attorney Randall C. Flager Discusses Work Zone Safety, Car Accident Risk in Pennsylvania
Commenting on a recent Landline Magazine news article citing Pennsylvania’s 1,841 work zone car accidents in 2014 as a catalyst to address work zone safety throughout the state, Philadelphia personal injury attorney Randall C. Flager said improvements are imperative to work zone safety in the metro Philadelphia area. Flager, lead attorney at Flager & Associates, based his comments on a July 21 article, “Pennsylvania bills tap cameras, stiff penalties to address work zone safety,” detailing efforts by state lawmakers to bolster work zone safety in Pennsylvania.
“Every day, thousands of drivers drive by roadside workers and construction sites. Whether you’re traveling along I-76 or you’re in Washington Square, chances are being in a car accident is among the least of your concerns, even when reducing your speed as you approach a work area” Flager said. “Accidents happen in work zones every day in our state. Each year, countless workers are injured or killed while simply trying to do their job, including right here in Philadelphia and across Bucks County.”
According to Landline Magazine, in mid-July, the Senate and House transportation committees heard a discussion on a bill that would set up a five-year program for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to post automated speed cameras in active work zones. Revenue from tickets generated in work zones would go toward work-zone safety improvements, according to the article.
In addition, Landline Magazine reports that Pennsylvania’s Senate Transportation Committee voted unanimously to approve a bill to stiffen penalties for distracted and reckless driving in construction zones, with offenders who endanger highway workers facing fines up to $5,000 and a six-month license suspension.
“Make no mistake about it, workers who put themselves in harm’s way every day need to know they have the support of lawmakers. Work zone car accidents happen far too often in Philadelphia and across the state,” Flager said. “Furthermore, drivers need to know that causing a serious accident in work areas can have serious financial and legal ramifications.”