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Striving to keep road workers safe from truck accidents

City workers who strive to keep streets in good shape and preserve the infrastructure are vital employees to preserving people's ability to maneuver around towns in Tennessee and go about their daily lives. When road work is being done, there are typically a plethora of orange cones, flags, signs and visible workmen advising everyone that road work is in progress. Sadly, it is not always enough to protect the lives of the workers, and truck accidents contribute to the number of serious accidents that occur every year.

A city worker was on duty one recent morning when a tractor trailer made a turn onto the street where the gentleman was working. The truck struck a worker and did not stop. The man who was struck was pronounced dead at the scene.

The State Police were called in to investigate. They located the truck in a neighboring state, and it has been returned to Tennessee for further investigation. Police are planning to interview the driver. It is not known if speed contributed to the crash. There is an ongoing probe into the cause of the fatal accident.

Many jobs come with some inherent risk, and road work is certainly among those. When proper safety precautions are taken, it is hoped that drivers in a construction zone will take extra precautions to preserve everyone's safety in Tennessee. Losing a loved one due to truck accidents can leave a hole in a family that can never be filled. A civil lawsuit against the party deemed responsible can provide compensation for medical costs, final costs and other verifiable losses.

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