Large commercial trucks are perfect for transporting large volumes of goods and raw materials. Because of their size, however, they present serious hazards to other vehicles and pedestrians on the road.
In Boston recently, a motor vehicle accident claimed the life of a pedestrian right outside the rear entrance of St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in the Brighton neighborhood. According to police, an 18-wheel semitrailer hit and killed the man. Officials have not released his name and identity. It is not clear whether he worked at the hospital, was visiting someone, or if he was just passing by.
The truck involved belongs to a company that supplies linens to the hospital. Boston police have said no charges have been filed against the truck driver, and the accident is still under investigation.
In an accident involving a truck, a victim may suffer serious injuries or death as in this incident. Because of that, truck drivers should take their responsibilities extremely seriously when operating their vehicles. Concentrating on the road is critical for ensuring the safety of other motorists and pedestrians. Drivers should avoid distractions, driving while intoxicated and using cell phones when operating their vehicles.
In addition, truck drivers should always be aware of their surroundings and whether they are near crowded places such as hospitals, parks and schools. When in busy areas, truck operators should maintain vigilance and keep their eyes out for pedestrians crossing streets or walking along roads or streets.
In the event of a truck accident, a driver can be liable for a victim’s injuries if negligence is deemed a contributing factor. If so, then victims may be entitled to compensation. An injured party may be able to recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and emotional distress by filing a personal injury lawsuit against the truck driver. In addition, in cases in which a family has lost a member to a truck accident, a wrongful death claim may be filed to recover damages.
Source: MSNBC, “Pedestrian struck and killed outside local hospital” Dec. 25, 2012