Because pedestrians are an especially vulnerable segment of traffic, motorists must yield to people crossing the street or crossing the paths of automobiles. As with any other traffic accident, liability for pedestrian accidents is based on negligence. Although motorists tend to take the blame for many accidents of this type, pedestrians can still be liable under a doctrine called “contributory negligence.”

Fatal Pedestrian Crash I-5 South of Roseburg – 01/29/14

Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Wednesday morning’s fatal pedestrian crash involving a commercial motor vehicle on I-5 south of Roseburg.

On January 29, 2014 at approximately 11:45 a.m., a 2012 Freightliner Truck and trailer, operated by a 29 year old male, from Elk Grove, California was southbound on I-5 near milepost 124 when a pedestrian walked into the southbound lane of travel. The truck driver was unable to avoid hitting the pedestrian, who died at the scene. The pedestrian is identified as a 55 year old male, from Roseburg. The truck driver is cooperating with the investigation.

According to witnesses the pedestrian appeared to make several attempts to cross the southbound lanes of the freeway and a number of vehicles made evasive maneuvers to avoid hitting him prior to the crash.

We will never know why the pedestrian in this fatal accident was trying to cross a busy interstate freeway. Sadly, this is not a rare occurrence on the nation’s highways.
A few of the most common factors contributing to pedestrian negligence are:

  • Pedestrians who ignore the “walk” signal at an intersection
  • Pedestrians who enter a stream of traffic and disrupt the flow
  • Pedestrians who fail to use marked cross walks
  • Pedestrians who “dart” in front of a vehicle

A pedestrian must exercise reasonable care for his or her own safety. Contributory negligence may be assessed against a pedestrian who fails to exercise such care and directly contributes to the cause of his or her own injuries.