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3 killed, 2 from North Carolina, in out-of-state work accident

When a hurricane hits North Carolina and other states, the aftermath is often as difficult as the actual event as people struggle to assess and respond to the damage created. Often, utility workers work tirelessly to help restore power as part of the recovery effort. Unfortunately, a recent work accident that killed three men, two of whom were from North Carolina, demonstrates the risks that these workers face.

The incident happened one evening on a day in October. The three victims were reportedly working on power poles in a ditch when the driver of a pickup truck pulling a trailer exited the roadway, striking the men. The driver reportedly fled the scene on foot.

Two of the men, aged 52 and 60, were killed in the crash. The third man, who was 22 years old, was transported to the hospital in critical condition but ultimately passed away from injuries suffered. Police have since arrested the driver believed to have been involved, a 37-year-old man with an extensive criminal history. He now faces charges of felony leaving the scene, DUI manslaughter and felony manslaughter. Additional charges could be filed.

The family of the three deceased men likely had no idea that they were saying goodbye for the last time when the victims left for work. Unfortunately, a work accident such as this can leave families struggling financially as well as emotionally. While they may choose to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver, the surviving family members may also be entitled to workers' compensation insurance benefits. Many people in North Carolina who have found themselves in a similar situation have requested an experienced attorney to guide them throughout the process.

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