In 2012, there were 130 workers killed in the U.S. at roadway construction sites, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Of those 130 worker deaths, 76 percent were the result of a transportation accident, and in 67 percent of those fatal transportation accidents, a vehicle hit a pedestrian construction worker.
Tragically, a North Carolina community was rocked recently by a fatal wreck at an Interstate 40 construction site that left two workers injured and one dead, according to WSOC-TV. The incident took place at about 2 a.m. on I-40 near the Highway 18 interchange.
Prior to the wreck, a construction crew was in the middle of a paving project. As a result of the paving project, a lane of I-40 within the construction zone had to be closed.
As a pickup truck entered the work zone, it veered into the closed lane and struck three construction workers. All three of the workers sustained injuries that required immediate hospitalization. Sadly, one of the workers, a husband and father of two, died of his injuries before reaching the hospital.
The North Carolina Highway Patrol’s (NCHP) investigation was still ongoing at the time of this report. The NCHP is reportedly checking into whether or not driver fatigue played a role in the wreck.
Could Workers’ Comp Help Me If My Family Member Died While Working on a Construction Site?
It is not always the case, but in many instances, the family members of a worker who died on the job could be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Workers’ comp can help families deal with the costs associated with their loved one’s death, such as funeral expenses.
Are you thinking about filing a workers’ compensation claim after losing a family member in a workplace incident? Seeking workers’ comp can be a complex process. You should speak with a South Carolina workers comp lawyer as soon as possible.
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Note: This information is for informational purposes and does not constitute legal advice. You can only receive legal advice by meeting with an attorney.