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Driver veers off North Carolina highway, kills 2 road workers

North Carolina authorities and the family members of two men are currently on the search for answers. On a recent afternoon, a vehicle swerved off the highway and into two road construction workers on the side of the road. Unfortunately, both men, aged 56 and 60, died as a result of their work-related injuries.

The two men were among three others who were working near a dump truck. Many are wondering what caused the driver to leave the roadway. As such, police are still trying to determine what caused the action. Despite lingering questions, charges are expected to be filed.

An official from North Carolina's Department of Transportation indicated that the entire agency is mourning the loss of two dedicated workers, who did their best to serve their respective communities. The two men were simply doing their jobs, but happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Many fatal work-related accidents result in workers' compensation death benefits for the victims' survivors. This monetary assistance can provide much needed support to cover medical or funeral expenses, in addition to the financial shock associated with any lost wages.

This particular accident calls to mind another accident that occurred this past May on a U.S. highway in North Carolina. In this case, one worker was killed and another was severely injured when a sedan ran through construction cones. The vehicle's driver also passed away in this instance.

Both work-related accidents call to mind the necessity for drivers to exercise extra caution near construction sites, a sentiment which state officials are echoing. At the same time, it is also the responsibility of the employers to take the necessary precautions to protect road construction workers, who are particularly at risk for sustaining serious or fatal injuries at the hands of another party.

Source:

  • Asheville Citizen-Times, "2 NCDOT workers killed," Romando Dixson, Aug. 3, 2012
  • Our firm has experience working through the aftermath of construction site accidents. To learn more about the workers' compensation claims that may result from such incidents, please see our Greensboro workplace injury page.

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