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Truck driver cited for death of teen in Nebraska

Imagine riding with your friends in a vehicle. You're traveling with traffic and slow for stopped cars up ahead. Just a few moments later, you're being thrown forward in the vehicle as another strikes you from behind.

This happens all too often, even though it's a type of accident that is completely preventable. Drivers need to pay attention to the road at all times to avoid collisions like this, especially due to the potentially serious injuries they could cause. With an impact possible on multiple sides of the vehicle, the people inside are more likely to be badly injured or killed.

That is what happened in this case. A semi-truck driver has been cited on suspicion of misdemeanor motor vehicle homicide, according to a Sept. 8 report. The 69-year-old man had been driving on Interstate 80 when he was involved in a multi-vehicle accident. The crash resulted in the death of a 19-year-old girl and injured five other people.

The police report indicates that the man had been traveling westbound on the interstate when he failed to recognize slowing traffic. He did not slow, so he crashed into the tail-end of a Toyota Prius. Another vehicle, a Chrysler Sebring, was also struck.

The crash caused the Sebring to hit the rear-end of another semi-trailer. The people inside the Sebring were pinned until a tow truck was able to lift the first semi off it. The woman who died in this collision was in the Toyota Prius. She was the left rear passenger.

Crashes like this one are avoidable. If you're hit in this way, it's your right to pursue compensation.

Source: Omaha World-Herald, "Semi truck driver involved in crash that killed woman cited on suspicion of misdemeanor motor vehicle homicide," Jay Withrow, Sep. 08, 2017

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