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After an accident in which a person has been killed, many people may wish to express their grief and sympathy for the family. This type of reaction is not uncommon, and various other reactions may also be considered commonplace and acceptable. Because truck accidents can often lead to fatalities, civil lawsuits are also not rare outcomes of such incidents if families and loved ones wish to seek restitution.

The family of a high school student in Illinois may be looking into claims options after the student was killed in an accident. It was reported that the 17-year-old boy was attempting to cross a street on foot while traveling to school. He had apparently stopped on a concrete median between the opposite lanes of travel, but he was struck by a semi-truck. It is not certain how the accident took place.

The boy regrettably suffered fatal injuries in the event, and he was pronounced dead approximately 40 minutes after emergency personnel were called. Another student at the high school stated that some older students would park across the highway and walk to school in order to avoid paying parking fees. It is unclear whether that was the case for the victim. Authorities should continue investigating the tragic incident in order to draw conclusions.

The loss of such a young person can be devastating for family, friends and other loved ones. Though it is unclear what may have caused the Illinois pedestrian to end up in the path of the truck, authorities should consider the situation from all angles. If it is determined that the truck driver was considered responsible, there may be cause for the victim's family to file a wrongful death claim. Truck accidents often have serious results, and seeking compensation is not uncommon.

Source: Chicago Tribune, "Lincoln-Way Central student remembered as well-liked, 'wonderful'", Susan Demar Lafferty, Feb. 15, 2015

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