According to recent news reports, a box truck collided with a construction vehicle. Reportedly, there was no decrease in the truck’s speed while passing through the construction zone just outside of Statesville. The force of the truck’s collision with an inactive vehicle resulted in the fatalities of three members of the work crew stationed there to replace a guard rail.

The truck driver, who suffered no serious injuries, was released on an unsecured bond and charged with three counts of misdemeanor death. Alcohol is not a known factor in this incident. However, the trucking company’s questionable record may help substantiate a wrongful death claim the surviving family members could file against the trucking company that caused the deaths.

What compensation is available for families of deceased workers?

Many employees throughout the United States have a general understanding of workers’ compensation laws. Namely, the company you work for must provide compensation for injuries suffered at your workplace. Workers’ compensation also provides death benefits for surviving family members.

However, in some instances, third party liability may enable you to seek financial recovery from an entity other than your employer. In this case, the family members of the workers could file a second claim directly against the trucking company that caused the death in addition to a worker’s compensation claim

Families may claim workers’ compensation death benefits

No monetary settlement can fill the void of a loved one’s loss. However, the related expenses may make filing for workers’ compensation death benefits necessary.

The men’s families may each receive up to $10,000 to cover the costs of burial expenses. Meanwhile, those previously dependent on the deceased may qualify for benefits. Eligibility may include a:

  • Spouse
  • Biological child
  • Adopted child
  • Stepchild
  • Baby born after an employee’s death

There is no question that road construction is dangerous work. Yet, there is no excuse for negligence behind the wheel.

While our community mourns the tragedies of recent events, the families of the deceased workers have the legal right to hold those who contributed to their death them accountable. Drivers must consider safety first; a wake-up call need not come after a catastrophe.

Attorney Troy Stafford has handled serious injury and wrongful death claims for over 28 years in the Statesville, Mooresville and Charlotte areas. For assistance with a serious injury case, contact Troy Stafford at 704-594-1729 or send him an email at [email protected].