A Southbridge tow truck driver was killed on Wednesday after he was struck by a box truck while helping a disabled vehicle on the Massachusetts Turnpike. The driver, 22-year-old Kevin St. Pierre, was preparing to tow a car that had a flat tire when he was hit. He was pronounced dead at the accident scene. The driver of the box truck has not been criminally charged.
In the Telegram & Gazette, Statewide Towing Association executive director Kim Lowell in Southboro is quoted as saying that every five days in the United States a tow truck driver is killed. Nearly 90% of the deaths are fatal and almost all incidents take place on limited-access highways.
Tow truck driver deaths continue to happen despite the state’s Move Over Law, which requires that drivers slow down or move to the next free lane as they approach a maintenance or emergency vehicle that is stopped on the road. State troopers in Massachusetts have also been killed on the job after being struck while providing roadside help. Often, these workers, like pedestrians, are fully exposed and vulnerable to injury. They have nothing to protect them from the impact of a collision with a fast-moving vehicle. The outcome may prove catastrophic.
If you or someone you love was seriously injured in a Boston tow truck crash you should speak with our Massachusetts car accident lawyer right away. If you are a tow driver who was injured on the job, you may be able to file for Massachusetts workers’ compensation benefits. If it was your loved one who died, you are likely entitled to death benefits from the employer. There also may be other liable parties that you should sue for damages.
After fatal crash, drivers are reminded to heed Move Over Law, Telegram.com, February 12, 2015
Massachusetts’ Move Over Law, Mass.gov (PDF)
Tow truck driver struck, killed on Massachusetts Turnpike, WCVB, February 11, 2015
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