As a pedestrian, you take care to monitor your surroundings and to cross where you're allowed to on the populated roadways. When you lose a loved one to a truck accident or car accident because a driver wasn't paying attention, you may be able to seek compensation for his or her wrongful death. While that compensation can't bring back the person you lost, it may help you get through a difficult time without having to worry about the cost of medical bills or funeral arrangements.
Take for instance this case about a man who was killed by a truck in Alabama due to a driver who was allegedly under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident. According to the news updated on May 2, a 32-year-old man struck a pedestrian who was walking along Highway 78. That victim's identity has not yet been released.
At the time of the accident, which was reported as being around 9:30 a.m., the pickup truck allegedly went off the road and hit the pedestrian. Normally at that time of day, barring any poor weather conditions, the pedestrian should have been visible. However, that day, the driver veered off the road toward the pedestrian. The man who was hit was an adult, according to the news, and he was pronounced dead at the scene. The 32-year-old man who struck the pedestrian has been arrested and charged with manslaughter.
The story states that alcohol could have been a factor in the accident, although reports do not indicate the driver's blood alcohol content. The man is being held, however, in the Jefferson County Jail in Adamsville, Alabama, in lieu of a $30,000 bond.
Source: Alabama's 13, "Updated: Pedestrian killed in Adamsville truck accident, alcohol may have been a factor" Amber Roberson, May. 02, 2014