A tragic accident on Thursday, September 22, left a Surry County, NC, county worker dead.
Officials say Darrel Anderson, 64, was parked in the westbound lane of Highway 268 near Oriole Way, just after 5 PM. He was behind the truck performing utility work as part of his job, in an area where there were numerous signs posted alerting drivers of workers in the area. This is a safety precaution workers take to reduce the risk of accidents.
Unfortunately, it did not help in this particular situation. A driver who was blinded by the sun swerved and narrowly avoided hitting Anderson. Sadly, the driver following closely behind them also swerved, lost control, and did hit Anderson, who was pronounced dead at the scene.
Drivers should be extra careful in work zones and drive much more slowly than normal. This helps lower the risk of an accident if something unexpected happens. Using sun visors or prescription sunglasses may also help reduce glare, so you can see where you’re going. You should never follow closely—especially in a work zone, where you should be slowing down anyway.
If you know a surviving family member of a person who was injured or killed in an accident, please encourage them to contact our firm immediately. The consultation is completely free, with no out-of-pocket cost to the family to hire us.
For over 25 years the attorneys at Auger & Auger have been dedicated to protecting the rights of individuals and families that have suffered injuries or lost loved ones due to the negligence of others. We have years of experience guiding and helping our clients every step of the way to receive compensation for aspects such as medical bills, funeral costs, and other monetary loss.
Editorial Note: At A&A we are always looking to improve the quality and safety and are saddened by the outcome of many tragic accidents across the Carolinas. The purpose of this news blog is to write about cases relevant to our industry and raise awareness about injury cases so that victims of similar incidents can educate themselves on theories of liability, the law, and how personal injury cases typically work. This article is created using publicly available information and is a secondary source. If you find any information here to be inaccurate, please notify us at [email protected], and we will make the appropriate adjustments.