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Tragic Indiana truck accident leaves one man dead

A recent truck accident near Chesterton, Indiana, has left a 37-year-old man dead. Details about the accident are few, but reports indicate that a semi-truck struck the victim's pickup as he was standing outside of his vehicle. The force of the collision caused the victim to be struck by his own vehicle. Unfortunately, he died at the scene due to blunt force trauma.

Here is what has been reported at this time:

-- The driver of the semi-trailer is a 72-year-old resident of Michigan.

-- The truck accident occurred at approximately 1:30 a.m. on Interstate 94.

-- The victim parked his vehicle onto the outer shoulder and exited the truck.

-- The semi crossed the "white fog line" onto the outer shoulder and collided with the pickup.

-- The victim was standing outside on the driver's side of his vehicle at the time of the truck accident.

-- When the semi hit the pickup, it "forced" the smaller automobile into the victim's body.

-- After the collision, the semi left the roadway and overturned while the trailer remained upright.

-- The driver of the semi was apparently uninjured in the accident and was not charged.

From a legal perspective, the details above are important because they give rise to more questions about the accident. Did the truck driver receive a citation for leaving the road? Will there be an investigation into the underlying cause of the truck accident (distracted or drunk driving, fatigue, etc.)? How can the victim's family find closure?

Whether it is due to inadequate reporting or inadequate policing, there are quite a few questions left unanswered regarding this accident. Hopefully, the victim's family members will consider speaking with a personal injury attorney to find closure and to hold the responsible parties to account.

Source: Chicago Tribune, "Gary man, 37, hit by truck, dies," Amy Lavalley, March 13, 2017

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