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UW-Madison employee killed in accident with delivery truck

Although there may not be as many pedestrians walking across the streets in Wisconsin in the cold winter months as there are when there are warmer temperatures, automobile drivers still need to keep an eye out and be aware of their presence. Failing to do so could lead to serious injuries and even death, consequences that no driver wants to have on his or her conscious.

A fatal pedestrian accident occurred recently at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Although an investigation is still being conducted into the cause of the accident, and not all the details are clear, it is known that a delivery truck hit and killed a campus employee. The delivery truck was backing up, and the driver evidently did not see the woman, who was in her 60s, walking behind the truck. The driver said he going slowly and his truck was delivering a warning beep as he backed up. The injured woman was transported to the hospital for treatment, but later succumbed to her injuries and died.

Authorities who are investigating the accident say that they do not believe that alcohol or speed contributed to the accident. They also indicated that it was too soon to say whether they would ticket the delivery truck driver.

The family of the woman killed in this accident would be well advised to consult with a personal injury attorney. A lawyer can advise them on their rights to compensation for their loved one’s pain and suffering, medical bills and funeral expenses. 

Source: Wisconsin State Journal, “Pedestrian killed by truck was UW employee, police say,” Nico Savidge, Jan. 17, 2014

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