In today’s economy, truck drivers often travel far from their homes or the states in which their employers are located. If a truck driver is killed or injured in a work-related accident, sorting out the applicable workers’ compensation statute can be problematic. A recent about an accident that took the life of a resident of Seymour, Connecticut, demonstrates the problem.
The Connecticut man was driving a tractor trailer north on Interstate 91 near Whateley, Massachusetts. The truck was traveling through a construction zone where only one lane was open. The driver lost control of his vehicle, and it traveled off the road and rolled over. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of the roll-over is still being investigated by state police and several other agencies.
The trailer was loaded with gasoline, and the mishap soon became a hazmat spill. The road was closed for several hours while workers cleaned up the gasoline and other debris.
The driver’s family members may be entitled to recover workers’ compensation survivors’ benefits. If the driver’s employer was located in Connecticut, benefits will likely be payable according to the Connecticut workers’ compensation statute. Although accident reports to date do not indicate that a third-party may have been wholly or partially responsible for the accident, further investigation may indicate that the negligent operation of another vehicle caused the roll-over. If so, a lawsuit to recover damages could be commenced in Connecticut, Massachusetts or the state of residence of the third party. The complexities of this accident shows how the assistance of an experienced workers’ compensation attorney may be necessary to obtain complete compensation for the parties’ losses.