• May 16, 2019

Dean Pilcher Killed in Eureka Count, NV, Mining Accident

Eureka County, NV -- May 13, 2019, Dean Pilcher was fatally injured following an accident where his truck overturned at a mining facility.

Investigators report that the incident happened Monday morning at the Gold Bar Mine owned by McEwen Mining Inc.

Initial reports say that Pilcher was driving a haul truck for N. A. Degerstrom, a contractor working with McEwen. In a series of events not entirely clear, Pilcher's truck overturned while operating.

As a result of this crash, Pilcher succumbed to fatal injuries. It appears no one else was hurt in the accident.

Authorities with the Mine Safety & Health Administration say they're looking into the cause of the accident. Additional details are currently unavailable.

Commentary

Whenever accidents like this happen on a work site, the most likely explanations tend to be that the truck driver did something wrong or there were dangerous conditions on the work site beyond his control which led to the truck overturning. Obviously there are other possibilities to consider, and there's no way to know for sure what happened until investigations are complete. One concern I have is just how prompt and thorough those investigations will be.

People tend to see federal entities investigating a crash, and they think the family is going to get the most thorough report possible. That could be the case, but it isn't always. And even when they do, these authorities sometimes takes months or years to finish their investigations. I don't think it's a controversial opinion to thin families deserve answers as soon as possible.

That's why I usually encourage victims and families to have private investigators look into the accident. They are often more prompt than government agencies and more thorough as well. Perhaps their reports would simply confirm what authorities say, in which case the family can at least be sure investigations were thorough. The most important thing right now is to get this man's loved ones the answers they deserve.

--Grossman Law Offices

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