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Girl, 11, dies when truck hits family's SUV east of Sweetwater

Drivers in Oklahoma frequently see a wide variety of trucks and big rigs on both major interstates and state highways as they transport products and materials around the state and the country. Frequently, though, driving around trucks can be intimidating for drivers of much smaller motor vehicles, and they have good reason to be cautious. These huge vehicles can cause enormous damage and kill and injure in the event of a collision.

Recently, just four miles east of Sweetwater, an 11-year-old girl died when the sports utility vehicle she was riding in with her mother and sister was hit by a semi-truck. According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the crash happened where state Highways 6 and 152 intersect. The girl was ejected from the vehicle; she had not been wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision. Her 12-year-old sister was wearing a seatbelt and was trapped inside the vehicle until emergency responders could free her. She was airlifted to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City. The mother, 29, who was driving the SUV, also suffered injuries and was taken to an Elk City hospital for treatment before being released.

According to OHP officers, the cause of the accident was the truck driver's failure to yield. It is uncertain whether the driver, 44, will be cited. He was unharmed in the crash.

Two types of lawsuits can be filed for truck accidents in which negligence seems to have been a factor: personal injury and wrongful death. A personal injury suit allows injured parties to seek damages from the negligent party; a wrongful death suit allows surviving family members of someone killed in an accident to seek damages based on their losses. These lawsuits can be handled by a legal professional who works on behalf of the plaintiff.

Source: KTEN News 10, "Crash kills Tishomingo Girl and leaves another injured," Rick Springer, June 28, 2014

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