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Semi crash kills pedestrian in Benton County

Trucks are everywhere in Washington and the rest of the United States. In many towns and communities, semis and other large vehicles are the only way to get goods, services and infrastructure improvements. A trucking network is helpful for the country, but it can have side effects for individuals and families.

Truck drivers must be trained and licensed by the state where they are based, and nearly all states have the same strict guidelines for operation of larger vehicles. This makes a lot of sense when one thinks about the possible damage or injury that can be caused in collisions with heavy, fast-moving trucks.

A person is dead after a crash in Kennewick after being struck by a tractor-trailer. The accident occurred on U.S. Route 395 just before noon on a recent Sunday, causing Washington State Patrol and Benton County authorities to respond to the scene and begin an investigation.

Responders did not immediately know if drugs or alcohol played a factor in the accident. Drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol may face higher charges regardless of the damage or injury in an accident due to the lack of responsibility involved in using substances that affect a person's ability to drive.

Victims of truck crashes and the estates of people killed by them have the right to seek financial restitution in the form of damages to replace a person's income or companionship after death. This may seem like small comfort, but the results can help make sure families can make it through hard times. An attorney can investigate this option for potential plaintiffs.

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