Truck falls into canal during fatal construction accident

On Behalf of | Feb 28, 2022 | Construction Workers' Accidents

It might not be uncommon for many individuals in North Carolina and elsewhere who operate in the construction industry to work with and around heavy-duty machines nearly every day. Similar job duties can carry high levels of risk at times, especially when daily tasks require workers to drive vehicles close to sharp drop-offs. A recent construction accident in which a truck fell into a canal claimed the life of a 24-year-old man in another state. 

Fatal incident 

Authorities say they received reports of an incident at a local construction site on a recent Monday. According to reports, a worker was preparing to dump a load of unspecified materials into a nearby canal when the truck he was driving suddenly fell into the water. Reports indicate that the man was able to escape from within the truck but was ultimately unable to make it out of the water. 

Officials have advised that a team of divers was able to recover the man’s remains from within the canal later that day. No further details were provided as to what might have caused the vehicle to fall into the canal. Construction accidents involving heavy duty machines run the unfortunate risk of carrying dire repercussions and in some cases, these incidents could also prove fatal. 

Seeking compensation 

Losing a family member in a fatal construction accident can be harrowing under any circumstance. While there may be nothing one can do to change what took place, surviving family members who face dire financial hardships that can accompany burial costs and loss of wages may still have questions about their available options for financial aid. Fortunately, there are attorneys in North Carolina who can evaluate the incident, provide a client with insight on the available outlets with which to seek the compensation achievable, and assist him or her in preparing to navigate the process.