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Family of pedestrian killed by city truck files legal claim

When a pedestrian is struck by a car in Lacrosse, Wisconsin, the consequences can be serious, and sometimes even deadly. The severity of injuries sustained can vary depending on the size of the vehicle and the speed at which it was traveling.

A pedestrian died after being hit by a Sheboygan city vehicle in November 2011. The 18-year-old was on his way to school when he attempted to cross a street. A leaf collection truck driven by a city employee was traveling between 20 to 25 mph when it struck the teen. The truck’s driver said he did not even realize he had hit the pedestrian until he saw him lying in the street in his rear view mirror. He thought that he had just broken a chain off the leaf collector.

The family has filed a legal claim against the city in which they allege that the city was negligent. The family says that the leaf collection device that was mounted onto the front of the truck blocked the driver’s view of the road. This claim coincides with the Wisconsin State Patrol’s investigation that found that the collection device played a major role in the pedestrian accident. The investigation concluded that the pedestrian and the truck’s driver did not see each other before the accident occurred.

The family of this teenager did the right thing by speaking with a personal accident attorney about this incident and filing a claim against the city. Hopefully this will enable them to receive proper compensation for the death of their loved one.

Source: Green Bay Press Gazette, “Family of dead teen files claim against Sheboygan,” Josh Lintereur, June 2, 2014

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