On August 21, 2013, a Mustang GT swerved onto the shoulder on a road in Temple Hills, striking a county employee and then a Public Works truck. The collision pinned the employee against a nearby guardrail.
Both a group of people in the nearby park and a passing motorist stopped to render aid to the injured county employee. One witness states that the man was conscious and could not feel his leg.
Witnesses say the Mustang’s driver was frantic after seeing the man against the guardrail and pleaded for someone to call an ambulance. The driver allegedly claimed that the accident occurred because he fell asleep at the wheel.
Witnesses said that they hope they did enough to help the victim recover from his injuries.
The victim of this severe incident may have the right to two separate claims: a workers’ compensation claim against his employer because the accident occurred at work, and a negligence claim against the driver of the Mustang, since the driver apparently caused the collision. The second claim is known as a “third party claim.” Though injuries leading to these types of claims are common at construction sites, this story is evidence that they can happen anywhere.
If you have been involved in a car accident or hurt on the job in Maryland, our personal injury lawyers can ensure you get the compensation you need to allow you to focus on recovery. Contact the Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia injury attorneys at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, L.L.P. by phone at (301) 345-5700 for a free consultation about your legal situation.
Did You Know: From 2003 – 2010, an average of 1,275 workers died each year from crashes on public highways.