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Truck accidents are a lethal pedestrian threat

California remains one of the nation's most popular destinations, attracting people from all over the world. With so much to offer, it is no wonder so many people find themselves drawn to the Golden State. Unfortunately, one frightening side effect of busy roadways is accidents, specifically truck accidents

While most truck drivers have undergone extensive training, truck accidents are a sad reality, especially in places where traffic travels at a high rate of speed, and can often become congested. Vehicle accidents are scary enough but, on some occasions, can mean death for pedestrians caught in the path of a much larger truck. While thankfully not as common as every day fender benders, fatal accidents can and do occur. 

On April 23, the California Highway Patrol responded to a call on Highway 101. Upon arrival at the scene, the officers determined that a pedestrian had made his way to the busy highway, and was struck by a semitrailer. As a result of the accident, the northbound lanes of the highway were closed. The exact cause of death is under investigation as authorities wait for the results of an autopsy. 

When truck accidents occur, loss of life is always the worst case scenario. While it is impossible to entirely prevent fatal accidents, the aftermath of such tragic deaths can be a traumatic time for the surviving families of the deceased victims. Medical bills, funeral expenses and possible legal proceedings can be overwhelming in a time of such grief. Many families may choose to seek the assistance of a compassionate and experienced attorney, who may be able to help them sort out the details as they come to terms with the loss of a loved one. 

Source:, "CHP: Pedestrian struck by semi truck, killed on Highway 101 near Miranda Monday morning", Marissa Papanek, April 23, 2018

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