I-75 Semi Truck-Pedestrian Accident Results in Fatality
Accidents involving pedestrians and semi trucks tend to end in fatality, and unfortunately that was what happened in Rockcastle County on August 14. A pedestrian was crossing Interstate 75 at around 4:30 a.m. when he was struck by a semi truck traveling northbound. Kentucky State Police and first responders arrived at the scene, but the man was pronounced dead from his injuries.
The crash occurred between Berea and Mount Vernon near mile marker 70. Witnesses who saw the crash believe they first saw the 28-year-old pedestrian crossing U.S. 25 and then stumbling across a field before reaching I-75. It is unknown if the man, who was from San Benito Texas, was coming from a home in the area or had left his vehicle somewhere. It is believed alcohol played a role in the man’s death.
Since it was early in the morning, it was still dark when the accident occurred. Even if the truck driver did see the man at the last minute, it is very hard for such a large truck to swerve without causing a huge accident. As part of the investigation however, the Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement department removed the onboard computer from the semi truck. The computer would be able to note things such as speed and braking to determine if the truck driver would bear any liability in the accident.
Kentucky Pedestrian Laws
According to Kentucky Statute 189.570, pedestrian must obey traffic control signals at all times. At the same time, however, motor vehicles should always yield the right of way to pedestrians, even when traffic controls are inoperable or not present.
However, given the circumstances — early morning on a busy interstate, along with darkness and perhaps some rain and mist mixed in — it’s easy to see how the accident occurred. Motorists are not expecting to see pedestrians on this stretch of roadway. With vehicles traveling at speeds of 65 mph and higher, the pedestrian put himself in a deadly situation.
While many accident cases favor pedestrians, this appears to be a case where the pedestrian had no regard for his own safety or the safety of others. It’s unlikely that the truck driver will face charges for his role in the accident. However, an investigation is still underway and could provide further information about how the crash occurred and if the truck driver could have done something to prevent it.
Involved in a Pedestrian Accident in Kentucky?
Unfortunately, pedestrian accidents can result in serious injury or even death, as was the case in this situation. If you or a loved one was killed in a pedestrian crash or any type of traffic accident, it’s important to understand your legal rights.
If you have questions about your rights and would like to discuss your options, don’t hesitate to contact an attorney for help. A skilled legal professional will be able to assist you throughout each step of the process.