Road construction crews in Minnesota put their lives on the line each day. A recent freak workplace injury in another state underscores the dangers to which roadside workers are exposed. The incident claimed the life of a 41-year-old worker.
Reportedly, the man, a township supervisor with 10 years of experience, was collecting debris on the side of the interstate when the incident occurred. Under circumstances that are being investigated, a passing semitrailer lost two tires during the early morning rush hour. The tires struck the worker on the side of the road at approximately 7 a.m. on a recent Wednesday.
The critically injured supervisor was rushed to a hospital, but he succumbed to his injuries. Authorities say there is no indication that speed, alcohol or drugs played a role in this tragedy. Further reports indicate that the truck operator cooperated with investigators and other authorities. Sadly, this road crew member will never go home again.
When a loved one suffers a fatal workplace injury, it is naturally a traumatic and challenging time for the surviving loved ones. Although no amount of money can bring him or her back, compensation can ease the unanticipated financial burden. In similar circumstances in Minnesota, an experienced workers’ compensation attorney can explain the legal option. Along with a death benefits claim through the state-regulated workers’ compensation system, there might be grounds for a third-party civil lawsuit against the truck driver and his or her employer. If this is viable, the surviving family might be able to recover more losses than what the workers’ comp insurance system offers.