EDITORIAL: Hit a highway worker, here’s what happens to them.


For those of you who might be traveling this weekend and passing through work zones, here’s a little reminder as to why you might want to read the signs, slow way down, put down the phone, stop texting or talking, stop fussing with the kids or the radio, and pay attention to your driving.

This is what happens when someone gets hit by a car (courtesy of Lependorf & Silverstein, attorneys at law).


“There are usually three phases in a car-pedestrian accident: the initial impact, the trajectory, and the ground contact.

The distance from the initial point of the hit to the resting place of the pedestrian is known as the “throw distance.”

The higher the speed of the car, the larger the throw distance is.

If a pedestrian is standing when a car strikes him head-on, the following will happen:

Initial impact: The car bumper will hit the leg or the knee joint. The thigh will connect with the edge of the hood. The body contours to the front of the car and is carried.

The trajectory: The lower body is thrown forward, and the upper body is thrown relative to the car. The head will hit the hood or windshield, and typically the pedestrian will separate from the car.

Ground contact: The pedestrian will then fall to the ground. In some tragic instances, most often seen with buses or larger vehicles, the pedestrian is knocked down by the crash, and the vehicle rolls over him or her.


The most common injuries are:

Head injuries: The main cause of pedestrian fatalities. Head injuries can include skull fractures, concussions, hemorrhages, and intracranial swelling.

Head injuries often occur when the pedestrian’s head hits the hood of the vehicle, the windshield, or a surrounding hard surface, like the ground.

Lower body injuries: Hip and pelvis fractures, abrasions, torn knee ligaments, and bone fractures are usually sustained when the pedestrian makes contact with the front bumper and the hood, or strikes the ground.

Torso injuries: These tend to happen with bigger cars, and involve the rib cage, liver, and lungs. Ruptures to the organs can be fatal if not treated immediately.”

That’s what you’ll be doing to one or more of those highway workers if you’re speeding, ignoring signs and not paying attention while driving through highway work zones.

You wouldn’t want to experience any of the above injuries yourself.

Why would you do it to someone else?

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