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California pedestrian deaths result in $15 million verdict

A family in California was awarded $15 million in a wrongful death lawsuit that took place in Kern County north of the Long Beach area. It was reported that the deaths of a 55-year old woman and her 28-year old daughter were caused by a big rig striking them as the two made their way across the street.

The two were apparently in the crosswalk when the truck pulling two trailers made a right hand turn. It was also alleged that the driver of the truck never stopped after the two pedestrians were struck. The attorney for the family stated that the accident was a tragedy that could have been avoided, but he hoped that the outcome of this trial would at least provide the family with some closure.

It is unknown whether the truck driver even understood that he had struck anyone when the accident occurred. This is likely not an uncommon occurrence when it comes to these sorts of accidents. Big rig trucks are big and cumbersome, and these vehicles have many blind spots that make operation difficult. It is partially for this reason that the trucking company and not just the trucker can often be held responsible for the accident as well.

A verdict of $15 million may seem large for this type of case, but it does need to remember that two individuals lost their lives. Those individuals will never again be able to provide financial or emotional support for other family members, and the loss of their lives may affect many different people.

Source: Bakersfield Now, "$15 million awarded in civil suit for women killed by big rig," March 28, 2013

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