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2 workers hurt in highway accident in North Carolina

When someone you love is hurt at work or killed in a workplace accident, workers' compensation benefits should kick in to help you and your family recover the financial losses you face. From lost wages to covering funeral and medical costs, this coverage should help you during this difficult time.

If your loved one was hurt in a situation like this, know that workers' compensation is still a possibility for you. According to an April 20 report, a car accident took place at the Interstate-440 East and Capital Boulevard interchange that resulted in the injury of two workers.

The police reported that a Toyota vehicle collided with a North Carolina Department of Transportation truck that was parked on the shoulder of the highway. The vehicle was not speeding; it was traveling at 59 mph, just under the 60 mph limit.

Witnesses at the scene reported that the truck and a person were both hit; the person who was struck appeared to have lost a leg in the collision. The police were able to confirm that there were two workers who were struck; a 44-year-old man was struck and pinned, while a 46-year-old was struck and pushed over a highway guardrail. One worker was released from the hospital while the other remains in critical condition.

The driver of the vehicle that hit the highway workers was charged with the state's "move-over" law, which requires motorists to move over a lane when there are workers on the side of the road. The police also noted that she could not have safely changed lanes, which may have influenced the crash.

Source: WNCN, "Car that hit NC workers on Beltline was traveling at 59 mph at impact, report says," April 20, 2016

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