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Driver in truck accident may not know he or she killed pedestrian

An accident involving a semi-truck and a passenger vehicle will usually and predictably leave the latter in much worse condition than the former. But at least it can be expected that the driver of the truck will take notice of the event. When the same truck comes into contact with a pedestrian, and keeps on going as if nothing apparently happened, it may become a question of whether the driver was even aware of what happened.

This is the apparent situation facing police in San Antonio as they investigate a fatal accident that occurred when a semi-truck struck a pedestrian and did not stop. All the police have had to work with is the belief that the truck was colored white, and may have damage to its front. The basis for their speculation is not clear, but the police suspect that the truck driver may not have known that he hit anyone.

Many times, accidents in which a pedestrian is injured or killed will involve negligence on the part of the vehicle driver, or the pedestrian, or both. If the driver is negligent, and the pedestrian dies as a result of the accident, then even though the pedestrian cannot seek legal recovery, his or her relatives may be able to seek damages against the vehicle driver for wrongful death.

The damage to people and property that often results from a truck accident is often catastrophic, due to the size and weight of the truck. Determining if negligence on the part of the trucker or the trucking company contributed to a crash can be essential for the victims of these serious accidents and their families.

In the case at hand, until the driver of the truck is identified and the facts of the fatal accident become clearer, questions about possible negligence remain speculative. But the very fact that such an accident occurred in a way that police would wonder if the driver was ever aware of the pedestrian’s presence will almost certainly make a negligence inquiry something to consider.

Source: KENS, "Pedestrian killed in hit-and-run accident with semi," Aug. 26, 2014

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