The daughter of a deceased Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) worker has launched an initiative aimed at reminding Tennesseans to move over and slow down when they see people like her dad out working on the state’s interstates.
She was motivated to launch the program after losing her dad in April of 2016. That month, he was changing a tire on a stranded motorist’s vehicle along Interstate 40 when a tractor-trailer crashed into him, killing him in an instant.
What happened to this woman’s 65-year-old dad is a reality that his former coworkers face every day. Her dad sadly happened to be the 110th TDOT worker that has lost their life while on the clock. This year so far, 43 of the department’s workers have been injured in similar types of incidents as her dad’s.
In some cases, workers see vehicles speeding in their direction and are forced to try to get behind guardrails to avoid being struck. In other cases, the driver speeds through the work zone then moves over right at the last minute before they crash into the worker. Then there are those few workers who can’t get out of the way in time and get hurt or killed.
While Tennessee’s “Move Over Law” requires motorists to move over when TDOT workers are out on our roadways, few motorists do. Many motorists simply follow the flow of traffic or are too distracted to do so. Some simply hope that the police just don’t see them.
When a worker is injured on the job, one of the first things that they should do is to inform their boss that they’ve been hurt then seek medical attention right away. If your employer doesn’t seem to want to pay for your medical bills or if your loved one has been killed on the job, then a Knoxville workplace injuries attorney can advise you of your right to file a workers’ compensation or wrongful death claim.