Our state has many large trucks on the roadways, and drivers must be cautious around them. There is an inherent trust that the operators will watch out for people, follow the truck laws and not drive while intoxicated. Realistically, though, not all truckers are so concerned about safety. And, for drivers, at least there is some semblance of protection, if there is a truck accident. Pedestrians are not so lucky.
For example, a 17-year-old girl recently died after she was hit by a truck. The incident occurred during an afternoon walk. The truck, driven by a 26-year-old man, ran off the road and crashed into the girl.
The girl was taken to the hospital where she died. In the police investigation, officers found that the driver showed signs of being under the influence. They arrested him on multiple charges, including driving under the influence and vehicular homicide.
Since trucks are so large and move at such high rates of speed, any accident with them can have terrifying consequences. Medical costs, lost wages, needing 24 hour care, paralysis and much more can result. That is, if the victim survives.
When there is a death, there are a host of other problems. People who are unsure of how to handle the aftermath of a truck accident should know their rights to seek compensation in a legal filing.
For example, as the investigation continues in this case, the girl's family should understand their rights. Contacting a law firm that is experienced in helping clients after truck accidents can assist in moving forward with a case.