Semi Overturns, Kills Work Zone Flagger

Last week’s death of a Missouri Department of Transportation flagger is yet another grim reminder of the need to slow down in construction zones.

On Sept. 25, 56-year-old Mikey Wagoner of Rolla was working as a flagger in a construction zone on U.S. 63 in southern Missouri, the Associated Press reports. At about 5 p.m. a semi driven by Edward LaFleuer of Indianapolis slammed into the back of a sport utility vehicle that had stopped for the highway construction.

The 18-wheeler ran off the road and the rig overturned on Wagoner. The driver of the SUV, Deborah Holloway, suffered moderate injuries.

According to MoDot, most work zone crashes are caused by inattention, excessive speed and following too closely. In 2007, five people were killed in work zones. In 2006, 19 people died.

As I mentioned in my Aug. 21 blog post, MoDot asks drivers to stay alert, watch for flaggers and slow down. For truck drivers who operate big rigs weighing as much as 40 tons, the precautions are even more critical.

If you are unfortunate enough to be involved in an accident in a construction zone, contact The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. To schedule a free consultation, call (314) 361-4242 or fill out a personal injury contact form today. Attorney Chris Hoffmann will personally call you back. If you have a motor vehicle injury claim, our experience can make a difference.

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