Large machinery is often used by various companies to complete tasks such as hauling items throughout the United States. However, these massive motor vehicles can sometimes have large blind spots that do not allow the drivers to properly see their surroundings. This can lead to accidents that injure or even kill those involved, especially if pedestrians are involved. Unfortunately, one pedestrian accident in California recently killed one person.
The accident occurred on the afternoon of June 17 just after 1 p.m. when a woman was struck by a large dump truck. Initial investigations show that the woman, who was 78 years old, was attempting to cross the street in a crosswalk when she was struck by the dump truck. Emergency personnel arrived at the scene of the accident and pronounced the woman deceased.
Police stated that it did not appear that the driver of the dump truck meant to hit the woman, but was unable to see her because of the height of the vehicle. The driver stayed at the scene and cooperated with police fully. The intersection was closed for several hours while California police investigated the accident.
Regardless of whether or not the mishap was, in fact, an accident, the family of the victim of the pedestrian accident may have the right to seek monetary compensation. Compensation could be used by the family to pay for any of the victim’s final expenses. This could allow the family to focus on coming to terms with their tragic loss instead of worrying about new bills.
Source: Contra Costa Times, Lafayette: Woman never seen by dump truck driver who struck her“, Rick Hurd, June 19, 2014