Garbage-Truck Driver Cited after Striking Pedestrian

Driver negligence claimed another victim in Portland recently, when a garbage truck hit a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

The incident occurred just before 6 a.m. at Fifth Avenue and Morrison Street in downtown Portland. The truck driver was cited for failing to yield to a pedestrian using a crosswalk, and for failure to adhere to traffic signs. The victim, a 57-year old man, had his leg severed in the incident.

According to police, the truck driver was traveling southwest on Fifth Avenue when he began to make an illegal right turn onto Morrison Street. The victim, in accordance with the posted traffic signs, had the right of way and was struck as he crossed the street.

Injuries to the victim’s leg were so severe at the scene that police required a tourniquet to quell the bleeding. The victim survived, but required serious, ongoing medical care.

If you or someone you know has been involved in a pedestrian accident, you should consider seeking legal advice to determine if you are entitled to compensation due to your injuries.

Pedestrian Injuries and Compensation

Whenever you live in a busy city, it is important to be familiar with your rights on the crowded, busy streets. Whether you are walking, running, or riding a skateboard, you are considered a pedestrian in the state of Oregon. Bicyclists area also sometimes considered pedestrians, though at other times are considered vehicles.

Victims of pedestrian accidents may have injuries ranging from minor cuts and bruises to broken or lost limbs. Additionally, victims of pedestrian incidents could suffer lasting physical or emotional distress. Depending on the type of injury, victims may never be able to work or live the same way again, resulting in possible lost jobs or income. Additionally, primarily due to the unequal weights involved and lack of significant protection, pedestrians are often killed when struck by a vehicle.

In Oregon, a personal injury attorney could aid you in recovering damages that you are entitled to, whether you are the survivor, or the family of someone who died in such a crash.

Case in Point

Although some pedestrian accidents are the result of pedestrian negligence, driver error, as it appears in this case, is the more often the cause. Although this victim survived the incident, his life has been forever changed as a result of the injuries he sustained.

Representing Residents of Portland, Oregon

The pedestrian injury attorneys at Dwyer Williams Dretke have over 95 years of collective experience in law – we have handled over 600 personal injury cases in the last three years alone, including many pedestrian accidents. We also handle other personal injury cases, such as car and motorcycle accidents, semi-truck accidents, and wrongful death.

To discuss your case with one of our personal injury attorneys, we welcome your call at (541) 617-0555.