It's hard enough for family members to watch a loved one deal with an on-the-job injury. When a workplace injury leads to that worker's death, however, it can be especially tragic. Car accidents on the job can prove dangerous in the best of situations. One recent truck accident on the Massachusetts Turnpike that initially left a truck driver seriously injured ultimately resulted in the man's death. Now, his family members may be left struggling in the wake of his unexpected loss.
The rollover accident took place on a Monday afternoon in early April. Reports first indicated that the driver died in the truck crash, but a State Trooper corrected that initial report. According to him, emergency workers that managed to free the man from the wreckage were able to re-establish the man's pulse after working on him for a few moments. At that point, they rushed the driver to the UMass-Memorial Medical Center.
Later reports revealed that the truck driver succumbed to his serious injuries that night. Investigators are still working on ascertaining exactly what led to the fatal accident. While details about the exact cause still remain few, it is known that the truck was in the process of exiting the Massachusetts Turnpike to drive along the on-ramp to I-495. At this point, the truck rolled over and dealt life-threatening injuries to the driver.
Truck and car accidents on the job can happen without warning and leave dependent family members struggling with both grief and financial hardship. This is one reason that Massachusetts law allows such family members to file for workers' compensation survivor benefits after this type of fatal accident. While it will not bring back the lost loved one, it can relieve some of the strain from family members who may be otherwise unable to pay for a funeral or other related expenses.
Source: The MetroWest Daily News, "Trucker injured in Pike rollover in Hopkinton," Norman Miller, April 9, 2013