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Alleged negligent pickup truck driver crashes into big rig

Drivers of passenger vehicles on North Dakota roads need to be vigilant for large vehicles such as frac tanks. These heavy vehicles are used to transport a proppant that is utilized in the fracturing process in the Bakken oil fields. A collision with such a big rig recently claimed the lives of two people.

According to a report by the North Dakota Highway Patrol, the crash occurred shortly after 9 p.m. on a recent Sunday. Troopers said a 23-year-old pickup truck driver failed to observe a stop sign on a road in McKenzie County. The pickup smashed into a frac truck that was traveling along Highway 73.

The impact of the collision sent the pickup  into a ditch, ejecting both the driver and his 19-year-old passenger. They both suffered fatal injuries and died at the accident scene. The crash caused the frac truck to hit the shoulder of the road, and it rolled onto its right side. A helicopter transported the driver to a medical facility for injuries reported not to be life threatening. According to the published information, the pickup truck driver appears to be the one responsible for the collision with the big rig.

Although the pickup truck driver lost his life in the accident, his estate may be sued for recovery of the damages suffered by the driver of the big rig, and the surviving family members of the deceased passenger. However, the plaintiffs must establish negligence for the court to enter monetary compensation to cover the documented claims of the plaintiffs. The skills of an experienced personal injury and wrongful death attorney may be sought to assist with the navigation of such a lawsuit.

Source: valleynewslive.com, "UPDATE: 2 people killed when pickup strikes semi in western North Dakota", Lisa Budeau, Jan. 23, 2017

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