Pedestrian Runs into Traffic, Killed in Truck Accident
June 4, 2014
A 51-year-old woman was fatally injured after being hit by a commercial semi-truck when she reportedly ran into traffic on the Interstate-5 yesterday, the Oregon State Police have reported. According to investigators who are still looking into this fatal truck accident, the woman, who was from Roseburg, had ran into traffic just on the I-5 near Sutherlin after about 4 p.m., attempting to run from the shoulder of the southbound lanes to the median. Investigators have not disclosed what may have prompted the woman to run into traffic.
Before making it to the median, the woman was hit by a commercial truck, the driver of which had attempted to veer out of the way. The woman ended up being hit by the truck’s rear wheels and, consequently, sustained fatal injuries that caused her to be pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
Could Negligence Have Been Involved in this Fatal Truck Accident?
Investigators have not disclosed much more than the above-described details and are still investigating whether any negligence may have been involved in this fatal truck accident. Because the victim in this incident reportedly ran into traffic, it’s likely that she was, herself, at least partially to blame for the accident (as tragic as that may be).
However, upon the conclusion of the Oregon State Police investigation, it may also be found that the truck driver, a trucking company or possibly even a vehicle equipment manufacturer may also have been at least partially negligent and, consequently, played a role in causing this fatal truck accident. Some specific examples of this negligence may be found to include:
- Driver distraction, driver intoxication and/or driver experience, which would mean that truck driver negligence was a factor in this accident
- Failure to maintain the semi-truck and/or properly train the truck driver, which could mean that the trucking company that employs the involved trucker may have some liability in this fatal accident
- Brake failure or other vehicle equipment failure, which could put a manufacturer in the hot seat if the victim’s family decides to file a wrongful death lawsuit in the future.
As the investigation into this fatal truck accident is ongoing, it remains to be seen whether any of these forms of negligence may ultimately be found to have contributed to the woman’s death.
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