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Garbage truck hits, kills pedestrian

Oklahoma has some of the most beautiful scenery in country, scenery that is best enjoyed on a nice walk. And many Oklahomans love to take a nice stroll through the neighborhood, get some exercise or run errands. Unfortunately, that can often mean crossing busy streets and dealing with distracted drivers, people who are driving drunk and others who just aren't paying attention. Here's the problem: when it's a one and a half ton vehicle versus a pedestrian, the one and a half ton vehicle always wins and the pedestrian always loses.

It happened again Thursday in Broken Arrow. A woman was crossing the street around 7:45 a.m. when a garbage truck turned left, going over the crosswalk and striking the woman. Police and emergency responders arrived and transported the injured woman to a nearby hospital to receive treatment. Sadly, the woman succumbed to her injuries and died at about three the next morning.

Investigators will look into what factors could have caused the driver to fail to yield. Was the driver of the garbage truck distracted? Was he or she inebriated or fatigued at the time of the crash? Was the garbage truck properly maintained? Was there a blind spot caused by a manufacturing defect or obfuscated windows?

The answers to all these questions could be used in a criminal case, but keep in mind that they could also be used in a civil lawsuit against the driver, the garbage company who owns the truck or even the original manufacturers. If negligence can be proven, the victims of accidents like these might be entitled to compensation.

Source: fox23.com, "Woman hit by trash truck died," June 19, 2015

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