Anyone who has driven on a state highway or interstate has likely noticed a state worker performing a job-related task near the road. In most circumstances, they complete their task without incident. However, in the event of an accident, the state of Maryland likely provides workers' compensation coverage for their employees. The family members of one employee may now qualify for such compensation after the death of their loved one in a tragic accident.
In the morning in mid-November, a 50-year-old highway worker was attempting to repair a road sign. According to reports, the 61-year-old driver of a sedan unexpectedly swerved off the road, striking the man and his state truck. He died at the scene.
The man's 38-year-old co-worker was injured while trying to avoid the sedan. Both he and the sedan driver were transported to an area hospital for treatment. The accident remains under investigation. A spokesperson for the State Highway Administration has publicly stated that this accident is a reminder of the hazards their employees face and that drivers should display extra care and vigilance when such workers are in the area.
The family of the deceased man, who had worked for the SHA for almost 25 years, is likely facing a large amount of uncertainty as the full implications of the man's death sinks in. However, the man's dependents as well as his injured co-worker are likely entitled to workers' compensation benefits under Maryland law. These benefits cover a wide range of expenses, including medical bills, funeral expenses and lost wages. However, some people have found that the process of gaining such compensation is sometimes complicated and confusing, causing them to seek additional assistance to ensure they are adequately compensated in a timely manner.
Source: The Baltimore Sun, State highway worker killed in Parkville crash, Carrie Wells, Nayana Davis and Colin Campbell, Nov. 14, 2014