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NCDOT employees injured in workplace accident

No workplace can be 100 percent safe, and workers in different industries can face very different risks. Construction workers typically deal with faulty equipment or unstable scaffolding, while office or retail workers are perhaps more likely to suffer repetitive-movement injuries. The workplace in which workers are present can also add to the potential risks. Such was the case for North Carolina Department of Transportation workers whose workplace accident occurred on the side of a highway.

Two workers with the NCDOT had pulled their highway maintenance vehicle over to the shoulder of Interstate 440 just prior to the accident. The maintenance truck's emergency lights were illuminated and flashing. The lights were apparently not sufficient to protect the two workers from an oncoming vehicle that failed to slow down and ultimately slammed into the maintenance vehicle, injuring both workers.

One of the NCDOT employees was pinned underneath the vehicle, and a 911 caller told the operator that only part of his body was even visible. The worker was ultimately freed, and both employees, as well as the driver who caused the wreck, had to be taken to the hospital. As of the last update, only one worker remained hospitalized, and the apparently negligent driver is currently in police custody.

Workplace accidents involving a third liable party can be confusing for injured workers. Victims of car wrecks can usually achieve compensation through a personal injury claim, while the typical workplace accident yields workers' compensation benefits. In instances such as this, North Carolina workers can receive workers' compensation, while also pursuing justice and compensation for pain and suffering by taking action against a negligent third party.

Source: wncn.com, "Car that hit NC workers on Beltline was traveling at 59 mph at impact, report says", April 19, 2016

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