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Massachusetts Woman Killed in Freak Truck Accident
Tractor-trailers perform an important function in this country’s economy. Because of their prevalence on the roadways of Massachusetts, it is important that all drivers are well-trained professionals who follow all regulations in place intended to preserve their safety as well as the safety of others they may encounter. A recent fatal accident demonstrates the potential implications of an error or miscalculation when driving one of these vehicles.
The accident happened at approximately 9:30 p.m. one night in mid-May. Reports indicate that a tractor-trailer was turning toward an on-ramp. However, reports indicate that the driver turned too sharply, causing the truck to strike a light pole.
Two people standing nearby attempted to move out of the pathway of the falling light pole. Unfortunately, this action reportedly pushed them into the path of the tractor-trailer. While one of the people suffered a serious foot injury, a 24-year-old woman is believed to have been struck by the truck, causing her to become trapped in one of its wheel wells. It took rescuers approximately 30 minutes to free her. She was considered in critical condition when she was transported to the hospital, but ultimately died as a result of the injuries she suffered in the accident.
Unfortunately, this truck accident demonstrates the importance of maintaining care and vigilance at all times. The family of the deceased woman, including her brother who was apparently present at the accident, is likely still reeling from the news of her unexpected death. Even before they can fully come to terms with the emotional implications, they will have to deal with some of the financial burdens created by the tragic accident, including medical bills and funeral costs. Many people who have lost a loved one due to another’s negligence have sought relief for such expenses in a civil court. A successfully presented case could result in an award of damages in accordance with Massachusetts law.
Source: myfoxboston.com, “Police identify woman killed after being struck by tractor trail“, May 14, 2015
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