Collision with Pedestrian Results in Sugar Creek Man’s Arrest
While the side of a busy road or freeway in Kansas City is certainly not a preferable place to stop and exit a vehicle, sometimes drivers may be left with no choice. Their close proximity to speeding vehicles puts them at a heightened risk for an accident. Thus, many states have enacted “move over” laws which require passing motorists to move over as far as safety permits in order to provide drivers stranded on the side of the road with a wide berth. Unfortunately, not everyone on the road may be aware of this obligation.
It is unclear whether a Sugar Creek man was aware of this law or not when he struck a woman walking along a freeway in Nebraska. The woman had been traveling as a passenger in a car that struck a deer. The collision with the animal rendered the vehicle inoperable. Thus, a tow truck was called to assist them. The man (who was driving a semi-truck) hit her as she was walking to the tow truck. The man has since been charged with vehicular homicide along with failing to comply with the state’s move over law.
Those killed in car accidents often leave a void that is impossible to fill. However, compensation from legal action following such a tragedy may provide their families with some assistance in dealing with the expenses associated with their deaths, along with the financial support that they may have provided. The fact that those who caused such accidents may also be facing criminal charges does not preclude accident victims from initiating a civil claim. Those wanting to do so may first want to seek the guidance of a personal injury attorney.
Source: Missourinet.com “Missouri trucker arrested for motor vehicle homicide after fatal interstate accident” Mar. 02, 2018