Those who drive a tractor-trailer for a living likely know of the potential for being involved in an accident due to the hours spent traveling the country's roadways. However, there are other risks to tractor-trailer drivers, even when not driving. As in all professions, workers involved in a workplace accident in Maryland and across the country are likely entitled to workers' compensation. The family of one out-of-state man will likely qualify for these benefits after a fatal accident.
The accident happened at approximately 2:30 p.m. one afternoon in early October. According to records, a tractor-trailer was found on its side with its driver still inside. The driver had apparently been unloading the truck's gravel load when it became unstable and flipped.
The 64-year-old man suffered severe head and face injuries in the accident. Although he was transported to the hospital for treatment, he later died. The accident is currently under investigation by the local sheriff's office in Florida where the accident took place as well as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
While OSHA can help determine what caused the accident in an effort to prevent similar incidents in the future, the family of the deceased man is likely reeling from the news of his unexpected death. In the coming weeks, they will also have to come to terms with the financial ramifications of the his death, including the loss of his wages, funeral expenses and medical bills. Fortunately, these expenses are likely covered by the workers' compensation insurance coverage the man's employer is required to provide for its employees. However, many people in Maryland has found the path to compensation is sometimes complicated, and seeking assistance can help ensure adequate compensation occurs in a timely manner.
Source: actionnewsjax.com, "OSHA investigating fatal industrial accident in St. Augustine", Kristy Wolski, Oct. 2, 2014