Parking lots are often have numerous vehicles and pedestrians occupying the space. Individuals may be walking to or from their vehicles while drivers may be attempting to find a place to park. Unfortunately, car accidents take place in parking lots all over the country, and individuals are at risk of being involved in pedestrian accidents as well.
A situation in Illinois recently resulted in the death of an individual. It was reported that a woman was at a rest stop and was walking across the parking lot when she was hit by a semi-truck. Further details on the accident were not disclosed in the report, and it is unclear whether the rest stop had any marked pedestrian crossings.
Witnesses to the accident attempted to perform CPR until the emergency crews could arrive on the scene. The woman was transported to an area hospital, but she unfortunately succumbed to her injuries and was declared dead. Authorities are still continuing to investigate the situation. It was noted that no charges had been filed at the time of the report, but it is possible that the necessity for charges could arise if the investigation indicates they are appropriate.
Pedestrian accidents are tragic under any circumstances. The family of the victim involved in this Illinois case will likely face many difficulties in coming to terms with their sudden loss. Because additional hardships may arise as an outcome of the situation, it is possible that the family may wish to consider legal action. Filing a civil claim for wrongful death against the driver considered at fault could allow them to seek compensation for resulting costs and other damages.
Source: courierpress.com, “So. Ill. man dies in freak accident at rest stop“, Len Wells, May 28, 2015
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