KANSAS CITY, Missouri—An unidentified pedestrian passed away in the early afternoon of September 13, 2022, after being hit by a dump truck at Zona Rosa in the Northland shopping district in Kansas City, Missouri.
Police reports suggest that the driver of the dump truck was making a left-hand turn when the pedestrian was crossing the street. When questioned about the incident, the driver said he did not see the woman but felt like he hit something. When the dump truck driver got out of the vehicle to inspect the damage, he noticed the pedestrian underneath the truck.
Several streets inside the Northland shopping area were blocked off as police further investigated the incident.
The investigation into this accident is still ongoing. No further details have been released.
The law will help the family of the deceased receive the answers they need and the compensation they are entitled to
Even though many details of what happened here are unknown, it seems clear that the dump truck driver operated the large vehicle in a negligent manner because the driver failed to see the pedestrian crossing the road.
Dump trucks are incredibly heavy vehicles able to withstand an extreme amount of force and, therefore, capable of killing a human being without the driver noticing. For these reasons and many others, dump truck drivers must be aware of their surroundings at all times.
Further, employers of dump truck drivers must take the necessary steps in hiring and training their drivers as to promote safety. Companies that own dump trucks are not only responsible for the well-being of their drivers but also for the actions of their drivers. The company must provide educational resources for drivers operating such large trucks because they require specialized training on blind spot awareness and stopping speed.
If the driver was simply distracted while driving and failed to see the pedestrian walking across the street when he turned, the family of the pedestrian will likely be successful in seeking a legal remedy from the driver. Along those lines, if the driver was negligent, then the family could likely hold the driver’s employer responsible for the accident, especially if the family could show the driver had not been adequately trained to operate the truck safely.
Of course, should wrongdoing be ascribed to the dump truck driver, the pedestrian’s family will need an attorney to represent their interests by filing a negligence claim against one or both parties mentioned above. Our firm provides legal strategies for those impacted by vehicular crashes every day. Our experienced lawyers are well-suited to help families in this situation sort through the complexities of the legal system and pursue justice for their loved ones. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the grieving family of the unidentified victim at this difficult time.