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Tacoma, Washington – Owner of Truck Died from Injuries After Getting Struck by His Vehicle

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Posted on August 2, 2019

Tacoma, Washington (July 31, 2019) – A man died from his injuries after getting struck by his own truck on the Interstate 5 on Wednesday morning. According to a statement from Washington State Patrol troopers, the victim’s injuries were fatal. The identity of the victim has not yet been released.

The accident occurred on the shoulder of the northbound Interstate 5 near Pacific Avenue. According to witnesses, the truck owner appeared to be making repairs on his vehicle when the rig moved and struck him. The accident caused the right lane to be blocked around 9 a.m. as troopers investigated the incident.

About Truck Accidents

We offer our sympathy and compassion for the friends and loved ones of the victim. Unfortunately, this is not the only case of truck accident known to have caused a fatality. The state of Washington’s  2015 Annual Collision Data Summary reported that 6,091 commercial vehicle or heavy trucks were involved in collisions in 2015. These crashes included 38 fatal collisions, 85 serious injury collisions, 1,352 minor injury collisions, 4,565 property damage collisions, and 51 unknown injury collisions. Truck accidents can have many causes, and due to the size and road performance of these vehicles, the involvement of one in an accident can lead to heavy losses. Unlike other vehicles, truck accidents can involve many people other than the driver, such as the owner of the truck, the manufacturer of parts, the company which handles it, and so on and so forth. Truck accidents also have a varied list of causes. Weather and road conditions can play a part in it. There are also of course driver errors, as well as lack of training in operating the truck. Additionally, due to the type of job, both drivers and vehicles can experience fatigue.

Whether operating a truck or seeing one on the road, all drivers must follow regulations to avoid incurring damages and injuries to themselves and people around them. We ask truck drivers to be particularly cautious while driving at night, and to be aware of possible road hazards such as tight turns, rough roads, and fixed objects. While it is  important for all drivers to keep vehicles in good condition, it holds especially true for trucks which carry heavy cargo and make prolonged trips. Doing these steps can ensure the driver’s safety as well as the safety of other people on the road.