Arizona Mine Worker Killed in Trucking Accident
Posted on behalf of Phillips Law Group on Feb 21, 2011 in Auto Accidents
Working in a mine is an extremely dangerous occupation, as people can be injured and/or killed in a number of different ways in such a place and when spending so many hours in such an environment. However, a tragic loss has occurred recently at a mine, but in reality the fatality could have occurred in any of several different settings. A mine worker was killed in an Arizona trucking accident that occurred at the Kayenta Mine in northeastern Arizona, and situations like this one illustrate why those who have lost someone they love should seek the immediate help of Arizona wrongful death lawyers.
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This fatal Arizona trucking accident occurred on Friday when 55-year-old Roy Black was working at the Kayenta Mine. Mr. Black was driving a truck on the site, and it collided with a tractor. As a result of the impact, the truck caught fire, as it was carrying diesel fuel in the truck that ignited. The cab of the truck in which Mr. Black was sitting was incinerated, and 35,000 gallons of water was used by workers before the flames could finally be extinguished. Tragically, the efforts took too long to save the man who was killed.
While more than 12,000 truck and bus accidents occur in Arizona every year, this situation could involve legal theories and bodies of law that extend beyond Arizona personal injury law. For instance, it's possible that the family of the man who was killed could pursue death benefits from the State of Arizona that exist under worker's compensation laws, but these benefits are generally capped and do not provide for additional recovery of funds based on individual circumstances.
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In addition, it's possible that an Arizona wrongful death lawsuit could be filed by the man's surviving family members based on the theory of third party liability. Pursuing a legal claim under this theory would require the application of specific facts regarding the identity of the parties involved in this Arizona trucking accident as well as why the parties involved in the crash were there. However, if such a claim could proceed, it could lead to the ultimate recovery of damages by the man's family for their lost income and loss of companionship.
Overall, losing a loved one in any type of accident is a terrible development that presents excruciating difficulties to those who are forced to endure such an experience. If this includes you and your family, contact the Phoenix wrongful death attorneys at the Phillips Law Group today to schedule a free initial consultation.