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Trucker in North Carolina suffers severe on-the-job injury

A serious truck accident recently occurred in North Carolina and nearly killed the driver. According to reports, the trucker suffered a severe on-the-job injury when his breaks failed, causing his vehicle to leave the road. Thanks to witnesses to the crash, this individual was pulled to safety.

According to reports, a tractor-trailer caught on fire after it left the roadway and plunged into a ravine. This incident is said to have occurred Oct. 10, on U.S. 421 West in Champion. The truck driver -- a 45-year-old male -- was hauling a track-hoe when his breaks failed. The truck went through a guardrail and down a steep embankment before coming to a stop.

Witnesses to the crash stopped and pulled the trucker out of the rig. Authorities say that, had these individuals not stopped, the driver may have died in the burning wreckage. Shortly after being rescued, the driver was transported to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. He is said to have suffered third-degree burns and has been listed in critical condition.

Whether in North Carolina or elsewhere, when one suffers an on-the-job injury, his or her life may be forever changed. In this particular case, it is unknown when or if this individual will even be able to return to work after his recovery. With so many unknowns, this employee may utilize workers' compensation benefits in order to assist him in covering his medical bills, rehabilitation costs, lost wages and various other losses he has experienced that can be directly associated with this crash. However, receiving full benefits may be a bit of a challenge. An experienced attorney may be able to help this individual in obtaining full compensation for any damages sustained, and in pursuing any third-party civil claims if appropriate.

Source: journalpatriot.com, "Critically injured trucker saved Monday by passersby", Chuck Hubbard and Jule Hubbard, Oct. 12, 2016

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