Unfortunately, an accident can strike a person at any time. We can become injured or killed while driving, walking outside, tripping over an object or even while performing job duties. Many fatal accidents are caused by vehicles and other machines.
Sadly, an Arkansas man recently lost his life in a tragic work accident. The 52-year-old man was a former deputy sheriff for Yell County in the 1990s. He had since taken on a job as a trash truck driver. He was at a home on the morning of December 7 when he exited the trash truck to help another worker collect trash. The truck then proceeded to roll over the man and killed him. The exact details are unknown, but the man’s death is still being investigated.
This would not be the first case in which a garbage truck ran over a worker. A similar case happened in 2008 when a man exited a garbage truck while the parking brake was on and the truck was in drive. The truck rolled forward and the man went after it. He fell under the wheels and was killed.
The man’s widow sued his employer for negligence. However, it was ruled that the man was the one who was negligent. He left the truck in drive, rather than neutral, which would have prevented the truck from rolling forward. Furthermore, he was instructed to not leave the garbage truck, as he had another employee with him to load the truck.
The man’s widow was not allowed to sue the employer. Instead, she was limited to workers’ compensation death benefits as the only remedy for her husband’s fatal accident. In the case of the Arkansas man, the ability to sue would depend on the details leading to the man’s death.
Trucks are not toys. They are large machines that, if not used properly, can cause a person to become seriously injured or killed. Truck accidents can be complicated, especially if they are involved in a workplace injury. In some cases, the employer can be found negligence for some accidents that involve employees.
If you or a loved one was injured or killed in a truck accident, the aggressive truck accident attorneys at the Elliott & Smith Law Firm can help. We have helped many victims with their truck crash cases and can help you as well. For a free consultation, contact us online or call our Fayetteville, Arkansas office at 479-JUSTICE (587-8423).