While the level of risk may vary, there is some risk of injury in almost all professions. Some risks may be less obvious than others — for example, risks stemming from leaving a work site to take a break. Unfortunately, a man in Massachusetts was recently killed while attempting to take a break from his job as a toll collector. Massachusetts State Police are currently investigating an incident that could result in a wrongful death lawsuit.
The victim was a 61-year-old male who had worked as a toll collector for approximately eight years. The accident occurred in late July. Reports indicate that the man, who was apparently well-liked by everyone, was headed to a building where toll collectors take their breaks. When he attempted to cross an E-ZPass lane, he was reportedly struck by a pickup truck driven by a 31-year-old man. The worker was transported to the hospital but died from the injuries he suffered in the accident.
Police say that the driver remained at the scene of the accident. Reports indicate that he did not appear to be under the influence of drugs and alcohols. While he has not been charged criminally, police are still working to determine if speed may have played a factor. A spokesman for the union representing toll workers claims that the 15 mph speed limit in place for E-ZPass lanes is rarely enforced.
The unexpected loss of a loved one is always difficult. Many people often suffer both emotionally and financially as a result of a loved one’s death. In this case, the family of the deceased man may qualify for workers’ compensation death benefits in accordance with Massachusetts law. Additionally, a wrongful death lawsuit may also be appropriate. An experienced attorney can help advise grieving family members about their options and help ensure lawful treatment while seeking fair compensation.
Source: The Boston Globe, “Toll worker fatally struck on the Pike in Auburn“, Peter Schworm and Sarah Roberts, July 31, 2015