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Work accident re U.S Postal Service truck under investigation

While all jobs hold some degree of risk, most people assume that they are likely safe in their place of employment. Unfortunately, workers in North Carolina who are required to spend a great deal of time driving from place to place could ultimately be harmed if they become involved in a traffic accident. For example, officials in another state claim that a man has lost his life in a work accident.

The incident happened before 6 a.m. on a day in early September. According to reports, a truck, carry mail for the U.S. Postal Service, contracted through Mack Priority Transport, was involved in a collision with a train. Though initial reports indicate that the driver of the truck had "significant injuries," later reports indicate that he passed away.

The incident remains under investigation, and officials are asking anyone with information regarding it to contact them. Immediately following the collision, U.S. Postal Service workers attempted to gather mail and packages that were en route to over 500 post office boxes in Wisconsin. USPS officials reported that there would be delays.

While the commitment to ensure that letters are delivered is commendable, it is probably the last thing on the mind of the family of the deceased victim of the work accident. The potential emotional implications are understandable; however, many families in North Carolina are also unprepared for the financial consequences of their loss. Funeral expenses and lost wages can, unfortunately, take a significant toll on grieving families. As a result, employers are required to provide workers' compensation insurance benefits for workers to help employees if they are injured at work (in this instance, under the Federal Employees' Compensation Act), and in the case of a fatality such as this, these benefits often extend to certain family members.  A professional with experience with such cases can help people who may deserve these benefits fully understand their rights and seek a fair settlement.

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