The Washington Post reported that a devastating accident occurred on Wednesday, March 22, 2023, at about 12:40 p.m. on Interstate 695 near Security Boulevard in Woodlawn, MD.
Six construction workers were killed and one person injured after a car drove into a highway work zone on Interstate 695 in Baltimore County. According to Maryland State Police, a gray Acura was attempting to change lanes when it hit the passenger side of a Volkswagen. The Acura then crashed into several highway workers and overturned. The driver of the Acura was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, and the other driver was reported with no injuries. The identities of the deceased have not been released pending notification of next of kin.
In response to the tragedy, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski tweeted his condolences to the families and friends of those affected and Maryland Governor Wes Moore also posted a message of sympathy. The National Transportation Safety Board is also sending personnel to help with the investigation.
Attorney contributor Aaron Blank represents injured construction workers and the families of construction workers killed in construction accidents. As an experienced construction accident lawyer, Aaron recently shared some information on the legal options available to victims and their families.
"When a fatal accident occurs at a construction site along a highway, the parties responsible for the safety of the workers must be held accountable. The law requires that those in charge of the construction site ensure the safety of the employees who are working there. This includes providing safety gear, safety training, and oversight of their activities. If the proper precautions are not taken, and an accident occurs, the parties responsible can be held liable for the damages that occur."
"The families of deceased or injured road construction workers have the right to seek legal recourse if they feel that the accident was preventable. This could include filing a wrongful death or personal injury lawsuit against the parties responsible for the safety and maintenance of the construction site. The lawsuit can seek compensation for medical bills, funeral and burial expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. Victims or their surviving family members can learn more by consulting with an experienced construction accident lawyer."