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Family of killed trucker may access work comp death benefits

A tragic accident on the New Jersey Turnpike claimed the life of a semi driver. This accident occurred the evening of Dec. 20, in Burlington County. The surviving family members of the victim may be able to access work comp death benefits in order to help them during this difficult time. They may also be entitled to pursue civil claims against the individual believed responsible for the wreck.

According to reports, the driver of the tractor-trailer pulled off onto the shoulder in the southbound lanes of the New Jersey Turnpike due to mechanical issues. While outside of the vehicle attempting to fix the problem, he was struck by a passing pickup truck. Sadly, the trucker died at the scene of the wreck.

The driver of the pickup was seriously hurt and was transported to a medical center for treatment. His current condition is unknown. At this time authorities are still investigating this incident. It is unknown if any criminal charges are pending against this individual.

Losing a loved one at any time and in any way can present challenges for surviving family members. When the death occurs while that person is on the job, his or her loved ones may be able to access work comp death benefits which could help them cover funeral costs, lost wages and other economic losses associated with their loved ones untimely death. In this case, family members of the deceased may also be able to file a wrongful death claim against the driver thought responsible for this incident. This type of claim, if successfully litigated in a New Jersey civil court, could grant them further compensation for any economic and non-economic damages sustained.

Source: Cinnaminson, NJ Patch, "Tractor Trailer Driver Killed In Accident On NJ Turnpike In South Jersey", Anthony Bellano, Dec. 20, 2016

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