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Auto accidents involving pedestrians often result in fatalities

A 23-year-old woman died after being struck by a pickup truck in Alaska on a recent Monday. When auto accidents involve pedestrians, fatalities or catastrophic injuries are typical outcomes. However, they rarely seem to be clear-cut when it comes to who was at fault.

A police report indicates that the accident happened in Juneau shortly after 5 p.m. when a 60-year-old man who was driving a pickup truck hit the woman on Glacier Highway. The cause of the crash was not immediately evident. Witnesses and the driver speculated that the pedestrian might have been attempting to cross the road, and one focus of the investigation will likely be on whether the pickup operator had a reasonable opportunity to avoid the accident. Officials say the pickup truck had a significant dent in its hood, and the driver remained at the scene. No other vehicles were involved.

Alaska State Troopers, Juneau Police Department and rescuers from Capital City Fire responded, and although they tried to save the woman's life by performing CPR, all their efforts were in vain. She died at the accident scene. A trooper at the scene said there were no indications that alcohol played a role in this accident. Reportedly, the Major Accident Reconstruction Team arrived at the scene to diagram the area as a part of their investigation.

If vehicle operators are at fault in pedestrian vs. auto accidents, the surviving family members of deceased pedestrians might have grounds to pursue financial relief through the Alaska civil justice system. In some accident cases, a jury might find the pedestrian partially negligent in which case any monetary judgment in a wrongful death lawsuit might be reduced by the percentage of fault allocated to the deceased victim. An experienced personal injury attorney can provide the necessary legal support and guidance throughout ensuing legal proceedings.

Source: juneauempire.com, "Pedestrian struck, killed by truck", Alex McCarthy, May 15, 2018

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