An on-the-job accident can happen in an instant, but its negative effects can last a lifetime. In an incident that happened on a recent Thursday afternoon, two Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) employees were hurt at work when another vehicle slammed into the truck one of them was driving. The crash happened in Coffee County.
The two TDOT workers suffered severe injuries in the crash. They were transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for treatment shortly after emergency responders arrived on scene. As of Sept. 4, a hospital representative reported that both men were listed in stable condition.
According to investigators with the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the TDOT truck was hit when a semi truck failed to merge into the left lane of traffic. The semi truck -- which was being driven by a 63-year-old man from Nashville -- collided with the TDOT truck at approximately 2 p.m. Both vehicles slammed into a rock wall on the right side of the roadway. Tennessee troopers indicated that charges are currently pending against the man who was driving the semi truck, although they do not believe he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the collision.
The two TDOT employees who were hurt at work in this case likely have the ability to pursue workers' compensation claims. If successfully navigated, a workers' compensation claim can be a way for injured workers to obtain financial assistance to pay for time unable to work and medical care. In the case of a serious accident resulting in permanent disability, a worker might even qualify to receive lifetime disability benefits as a result of his or her on-the-job injury.
Source: tennessean.com, "TDOT workers stable after driver struck their truck", Brian Wilson, Sept. 4, 2014