It’s devastating to hear of a pedestrian hit by a semi-truck — especially when the victim is in a wheelchair and unable to quickly move out of the way to avoid an accident. A Florida woman was recently killed when a semi-truck hit her while she was traveling in her electric wheelchair.
The 49-year-old woman was a fixture in her neighborhood in Miramar, less than a half an hour outside Miami. She lived in an apartment and would often be seen riding down the road and stopping to talk to friends and neighbors. Many are distraught over the death of the woman, who was described as sweet and uplifting despite her physical challenges.
The fatal truck accident occurred on the evening of March 26 in Miramar at University Drive. The truck driver was turning south when the accident happened. The exact details were not disclosed, but the driver wasn’t even aware that he had hit the woman. She was dragged for quite a ways until another motorist informed the truck driver that he had hit someone. Debris was flying from the tractor-trailer.
The truck driver faces no charges at this time. Although this is being considered as an accident, police investigation is still ongoing.
Depending on the circumstances of the crash, the truck driver could face a wrongful death lawsuit. It is difficult for truck drivers to see pedestrians, especially at night, but could he have been more aware of his surroundings? The driver’s employer could also face liability in the accident.
Those who have had a family killed by a negligent truck do have the right to seek compensation for a variety of claims, including final expenses, pain and suffering, emotional distress and other damages.
Source: CBS Miami, “Wheelchair Bound Woman Struck, Killed By Truck In Miramar” Peter D’Oench, Mar. 27, 2014