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Man struck by SUV while working on garbage truck

A 59-year-old man in North Carolina was injured while working on Nov. 19. The sanitation worker was hit by an SUV on Darwick Road at approximately 10:30 a.m. Afterwards, the man was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center where he was listed in serious but stable condition.

The victim's coworker had been driving the garbage truck when the workplace accident occurred. The SUV driver stated that she did not see the man in time stop the vehicle. There were no charges filed against the driver of the SUV immediately following the accident, but authorities are still investigating.

The accident is reportedly the third workplace accident to involve a city worker who was hit by a car in Winston-Salem since the start of 2013. Over the past six years, three other nearby cities have had no serious accidents that involved a sanitation worker. Many cities employ the use of mechanical arms on garbage trucks to lower the risk of injury for sanitation workers. However, certain garbage collection tasks require sanitation workers to do their job by hand.

All workers who are covered by workers' compensation insurance may have the right to file a claim for compensation after a workplace accident. In some cases, a third party's negligent actions may result in the worker being able to claim additional compensation through a third-party claim. An attorney may be able to speak with an injured worker about their accident and advise them about how they may recover the maximum amount of compensation.

Source: WGHP, "Sanitation worker struck by vehicle in Winston-Salem", Michael hennessey, November 19, 2014

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