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Pedestrian killed in Wisconsin after semi accident

Accidents involving semi trucks are, unfortunately, fairly common and can often result in serious injuries for the occupants of the other vehicle due to the sheer weight and size of the tractor trailers. When the other person involved in the semi accident is a pedestrian, however, the result is often far worse.

An accident that shut down the southbound lane of Interstate 43 in Wisconsin has resulted in one fatality. According to reports, the accident involved a semi truck and a pedestrian and occurred about a half-mile north of Silver Creek Road on April 11.

A report from the Manitowoc County Sheriff's Office stated that a 26-year-old man died as a result of injuries sustained after being hit by the tractor trailer. The accident apparently occurred around 10:15 a.m. At the time of the news release, the victim's family had yet been notified, according to the Manitowoc County Coroner's Office. The semi truck was apparently being driven by a 54-year-old Wisconsin man. The driver of the semi was not injured. The events leading up to the crash were not yet released, as the investigation is still ongoing, and traffic was diverted to Wisconsin 42 while Interstate 43 was closed.

Once the investigation is concluded and the family of the 26-year-old notified, it is possible that the surviving family members may be able to file a wrongful death suit against the driver of the semi if he is found to be at fault during the investigation. Unqualified or inattentive truck drivers can cause serious accidents in a matter of seconds, and they can and should be held liable for their actions.

Source: htrnews.com, "Pedestrian hit, killed on I-43 south of Manitowoc" No author given, Apr. 11, 2014

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