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Pedestrian accident claims the life of a single mother in Utah

A single mother lost her life in Utah after a truck struck her in the crosswalk.
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    January 29, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- A single mother of three recently lost her life after being knocked down by a truck driver in Utah. The woman, 42, was crossing the street when she was struck by a 1985 GMC pickup truck. Sources note that the woman was walking to work because her vehicle was having mechanical issues.

Emergency personnel rushed to the scene of the pedestrian accident. Reports indicate that responders could not feel a breath or a pulse from the woman, so they initiated CPR. Ultimately, paramedics were able to revive the victim enough to obtain a pulse. She was taken to a local medical center; however, the victim passed away shortly after arrival.

Subsequent to the accident, the Utah Department of Child and Family Services took the mother's three daughters into custody.

Who is liable?

After a pedestrian accident, it is important for investigators to step in and assess what happened. Before evidence from the incident disappears, it is necessary to look closely at the scene. In this particular case, authorities are working to determine whether the pedestrian or the driver had the right of way, as this finding is the key in determining liability.

The woman in this case was hit on a busy street where pedestrians and students commonly cross the street. She was walking in the early dark hours of the morning. After this local accident, authorities are warning pedestrians to be careful when crossing busy intersections. While the pedestrian in this case may not have been responsible for the incident, it is helpful to be aware of careless and inattentive motorists -- especially when visibility is poor.

Pedestrian accidents are some of the most challenging to litigate. In a split second, one's life could be altered forever. Like the abovementioned matter, many pedestrian accidents end in death. When this happens, the surviving family of the victim could initiate a suit against the negligently liable motorist. However, even if one survives the accident, the pain is not over. A serious injury could affect the rest of the person's life.

For example, many pedestrian accidents result in paraplegia, quadriplegia or other severe, long-lasting conditions. Moreover, once a personal injury matter is initiated against the wrongdoer, insurance companies will stop at nothing to minimize available recovery. Therefore, it helps victims and their families to have strong legal support.

If you or a loved one has been harmed in a serious pedestrian accident, speak with a qualified legal professional about your case. You do not deserve to suffer from a tragedy that was the result of another's carelessness.

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