The wrongful death of one motorcyclist occurred when he was thrown on uneven pavement in a highway construction zone. Two concurrent road construction projects were underway on an Interstate highway. One of these was a paving project. The paving contractor had “milled” three lanes of the Interstate. The process left a two-inch high ledge between the third milled lane and the fourth lane.
During the nighttime hours the temporary traffic control contractor blocked off all of the milled lanes. This was done to protect the second work zone located beyond the paving work. This attempt to manage traffic flow for both of the work zones caused the traffic to be pushed over the two-inch ledge. There was no sufficient warning about the ledge when the deceased motorcyclist approached the area during the nighttime hours. [Read more…]