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Trucking accidents involving pedestrians are likely to be fatal

The United States economy is currently trending up and the state of Nevada is following suit. A flourishing economy leads to a greater need to transport goods across the country. Due to this, there are more semitrailers on the road than ever before. These huge rigs share roadways that are already crowded with other vehicles, which has led to an increase in trucking accidents in recent years. Since pedestrians are commonplace along roadways in most Nevada cities, the chance for accidents involving pedestrians and tractor-trailers is always present.

Recently in North Las Vegas, an accident involving a semitrailer and a pedestrian resulted in a fatality. The accident happened during the early morning hours. Police say they responded to calls about a man down in a roadway near an Interstate 15 on-ramp. Reports say the man was pronounced dead on the scene.

According to police, the driver of a big rig ran over the man in the parking lot of a service station and dragged the man's body about half a mile to where the body was found near the interstate ramp. Apparently, the driver of the semi was unaware that he had struck the pedestrian. Police said they were able to locate the driver and the driver was cooperating with their investigation.

As more and more trucks take to roadways across Nevada to transport merchandise and goods, trucking accidents are likely to increase. Those who have suffered injury or the loss of a loved one in an accident such as this may be able to pursue legal action. A successful claim can result in much-needed compensation to help with expenses and financial losses.

Source: fox5vegas.com, "Semi-truck driver strikes man, drags body half-mile in North Las Vegas", Jennifer Hurtado, March 16, 2018

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