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Family of woman killed by garbage truck files lawsuit

The loss of a loved one is unbearable for any family and causes emotional distress and sadness. Losing someone brings emotional stress, especially if the loved one died in an accident. The recent incident of a lawsuit filing against the City of Tampa by the family of a woman who was hit and killed by a city garbage truck nearly nine months ago is a shocking reminder of the consequences of a wrongful death.

According to reports, a 65-year-old woman was jogging when she was hit and killed by a garbage truck in Tampa's Davis Islands neighborhood. According to police, the driver of the garbage truck would not face criminal charges. However, he would face a civil traffic citation involving a death. But, the lawsuit filed by the family of the of the victim claims the garbage truck's backup lights were not working and there were no "audible sounds" when the driver reversed the truck.

Florida law requires vehicles to have a "visible indicator" when reversing. The lawsuit claims the city "consented and gave permission" to the driver to operate their motor vehicle and the crash happened while the driver was operating the vehicle, causing liability for the city in "negligence of its employment/agent."

The family is demanding a compensation of more than $15,000, excluding interest, costs and attorney's fees. The lawsuit claims the family has suffered loss and mental pain and suffering, along with financial loss in the form of the victim's medical and funeral expenses. The city has denied liability, according to the lawsuit.

When a person's death is due to an accident, it may be considered wrongful death. Wrongful death occurs whenever an individual's death was because of negligence of another person, company or establishment. Compensation is available to survivors for loss, expenses and emotional suffering. It is critical to gather substantial evidence regarding negligence. The negligent party is responsible to compensate for damages.

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