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Woman Found Negligent in Construction Zone Accident

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Demetria Ratchford3 years ago

A Washington County jury has found Jennifer Weaver, 43, negligent for her role in a construction zone accident, according to the Observer-Reporter. The jury returned the verdict on Wednesday, June 18th, 2014 after a three-day trial before Washington County Judge Katherine Emery. Weaver was ordered to pay $126,000 in restitution, which covers lost wages, medical expenses, pain and suffering, and future medical services for John B. Puckey, 51. The jury found Weaver negligent for her role in a September 2008 construction zone accident. 

More about the Construction Zone Accident

At the time, Weaver struck Puckey with her vehicle while he was working in a construction zone on Route 88 in East Bethlehem Township of Pennsylvania. Joseph, Hudock, Jennifer Weaver’s attorney, argued that Weaver couldn’t see Puckey at the time of the accident. He said that Weaver’s vision was compromised due to the heavy rain caused steam to rise from the hot asphalt that morning.

On the other hand, Puckey’s attorneys, Lawrece Kelly and Richard Trankocy argued that Weaver did not yield to the right of way to a construction worker in a construction zone, and that the negligence of the accident was her fault. At the time of the accident, Puckey was providing traffic control.

The jurors found Puckey negligent as well, but they ruled that his actions did not contribute to the accident. Puckey received hospital treatment at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, West Virginia for treatment of skull, leg, and rib fractures.

Construction Zone Accident Statistics

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), work zone accidents have been on the decline since peaking in 2003 with 1,095 fatalities. In 2009, there were about 609 construction zone fatalities in the U.S. The CDC notes that Texas, California, and Florida rank the highest for these types of accidents with more than 50 work zone fatalities occuring in each state in 2012.


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