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Investigation into fatal accident leads to work-related injuries

Following an accident in Pennsylvania and or any other area of the country, police officers are often left to determine the cause and if any party was at fault. However, they may be placing their lives at risk while conducting their investigations. For example, three police officers in another state recently suffered work-related injuries while investigating an unrelated crash.

The incident happened one night in early October. According to reports, a teenager was struck and killed by a garbage truck at approximately 7:30 p.m. Two hours later, at least three police officers were on the scene investigating the fatal accident when they were allegedly struck by two motorcycles whose drivers are believed to have been speeding as they traveled by the previous crash site.

All three officers were transported to the hospital with one reportedly suffering critical injuries. One of the motorcyclists was also transported to the hospital after sliding underneath a trash truck; the motorcyclist injuries are said to be non-life-threatening. The second motorcyclist allegedly fled the scene. It is unclear if criminal charges are expected to be filed as a result of the accident.

Work-related injuries such as those suffered in this accident can often have significant consequences for victims in Pennsylvania. Medical bills, in combination with lost wages, are often more than an injured worker and his or her family can manage while recovering. Fortunately, states require employers to provide workers' compensation insurance benefits which can help with many of the expenses stemming from such injuries. An attorney with experience with the process can help injured workers who may be unable to fully devote themselves to their processes due to their injuries.

Source: New York Daily News, "Three NJ cops are struck by motorcyclists while investigating fatal crash," Jessica Chia, Oct. 5, 2017

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