February 1, 2016
A Virginia Department of Transportation worker and a driver were seriously injured on Friday afternoon when a pickup truck driver ran off I-66. At the time of the collision, the VDOT employee was helping the driver of a disabled vehicle.
NBC 4 News reports that the VDOT employee and the driver of the disabled vehicle were standing outside their cars near mile marker 51 of I-66 in Fairfax County when the driver of a pickup truck veered off the road. The pickup truck first struck the disabled vehicle, before crashing into the VDOT employee and the other driver with enough force to crush the front end of the pickup truck.
The VDOT employee, the driver of the disabled vehicle and the driver of the pickup truck were taken to a hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. While the cause of the crash remains under investigation, charges against the driver are pending.
While workers’ compensation benefits are generally an injured employee’s exclusive remedy against their employer, it may not be their only available means of recovery. When a worker is injured by a third party (someone other than your employer or a co-worker) while on-the-job, that worker may have a basis to pursue a third-party liability claim, which is a type of personal injury claim.
In Virginia, workers’ compensation benefits pay for your medical bills and some lost wages but do not cover pain and suffering and other damages – the sort of damages one can pursue against a negligent third party. If you or a loved one is injured on the job, and you believe a third party unrelated to the employer may be at fault, the experienced personal injury and workers compensation claims attorneys at ReidGoodwin may be able to help. Contact the firm today to schedule a legal evaluation.