On Aug. 27 at approximately 1:45 p.m., two North Carolina utility workers were struck by a Ford Explorer on U.S. 17 in Hampstead; one of them was killed. The men were employed by a Holly Springs-based company that installs fiber optic cables. They had put safety cones in the road while they tracked a cable line. The men were standing in the right turn lane prior to the fatal car accident.
A 40-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene, despite a Highway Patrol officer's efforts to provide life-saving emergency treatment. His coworker was also hit by the truck. However, he refused to seek medical treatment for his injuries.
The driver of the truck, a 72-year-old Wilmington resident, was driving northbound on the highway when his vehicle traveled out of its lane. Police stated that the man was not intending to make a right turn. He was cited for not staying in his lane and charged with death by motor vehicle, a misdemeanor. Because the man has health problems, he was given a $10,000 unsecured bond.
Because the workers provided ample warning for the driver through the use of safety cones, the family of the worker may allege that it was the driver's negligence that caused the death of their loved one. A personal injury attorney may be able to help his family members by seeking compensation for funeral costs, his lost earning potential or damage to their relationship with him. If the other worker's injuries affect him at a later date, he could also choose to pursue compensation for his medical bills and pain and suffering.
Source: The Times New, "Utility worker from Burlington struck, killed", August 28, 2013