The winter season can be dangerous for a number of reasons. Pedestrians can slip and fall on icy sidewalks, and vehicles can slide into each other. Perhaps one of the most dangerous situations is when snow and ice causes a vehicle to hit a pedestrian. This may have been the case recently after a fatal accident involving a snow plow truck and a pedestrian in Massachusetts. The accident occurred in a neighboring community to Worcester and the victim was identified as in his 60s.
Following the accident, a police representative noted that they were uncertain what happened, but that the accident reconstruction team would perform an investigation and consider factors such as speed when determining what led to the accident. Witnesses were also being interviewed and police are seeking any additional witnesses to the snow plow truck accident. It was noted that no charges have been filed as of this time.
Unfortunately, truck accidents can sometimes be fatal. Victims and surviving family members of such a truck accident may suffer significant damages as a result. The personal injury and wrongful death legal process is a resource that is available to victims and families to try to help them recover compensation for the damages they have suffered. Different damages, such as medical and funeral expenses, the loss of support and services, and pain and suffering damages, among others, may be available to surviving family members who have lost a loved one in a truck accident.
There are a number of important concerns, based on the circumstances, for families to take into account during the difficult period following a truck accident, including unique challenges that may be associated with bringing a claim against a municipality. That being said, the law seeks to protect and help families who have suffered harm at the hands of another’s negligence, which is why families should be familiar with the options it provides.
Source: WCVB, “Pedestrian struck and killed by plow truck in Dorchester,” Jan. 24, 2016