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Family Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit against Distracted Tractor-Trailer Driver

The family of an Arkansas teenager who died in August after being hit by a tractor-trailer has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the truck driver and his employer. The lawsuit alleges that the driver of the tractor-trailer was talking on a cell phone shortly before the accident, but had dropped the phone and reached down to retrieve it when he hit the teen. The family is seeking compensation for past and future mental anguish.

According to the police report, the 16-year-old was a passenger in a Toyota Camry that was involved in an earlier accident with a pick-up truck. Police believe the teen may have been walking back to the vehicle when she was hit by the tractor trailer. The portion of the highway where the accident occurred was under construction at the time.

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