The success of our nation's system of commerce depends in large part on the trucking industry. Trucks of all sizes play a central role in transporting goods from our nation's ports to various distribution centers, from which they are then placed on different trucks to be delivered to retail outlets. The drivers who move these goods are tasked with a number of responsibilities, none of which are more important than ensuring the safety of others with whom they share the road. A recent Massachusetts accident in which a major injury led to the death of a pedestrian may shed a spotlight on the obligations of all truck drivers.
The incident took place in the early morning hours of a recent Monday morning. The driver of a box truck was driving near the intersection of Route 135 and Indian Spring Road in Ashland when he struck a pedestrian. That man, who is described as a white male in his late 40s or early 50s, suffered fatal injuries in the accident.
As of the time of this report, police have not yet identified the man. They have shared that he had paint on his hands, which has led police to surmise that he may have been a construction worker or painter in the area. They are asking the community to help them locate the man's family so that his final arrangements can be made.
The matter remains under investigation, and no charges have been filed against the truck driver. It is too soon to speculate on the cause of the crash, and it is possible that the pedestrian was in the roadway in pre-dawn lighting conditions when he suffered the major injury that led to his death. However, if Massachusetts investigators determine that the driver was at fault in the matter, criminal charges could be filed. The family, once they are made aware of the matter, could also pursue civil litigation, seeking an award of monetary damages against the responsible party or parties.
Source: ashland.wickedlocal.com, "Pedestrian killed in pre-dawn Ashland crash", Amanda Beland, Nov. 16, 2015