Marion County, Oregon –Jacob Hernandez-Arellano has passed away, and his passenger was injured, after the Honda Civic he was driving collided with a semi-truck. The accident occurred on August 15, 2022, at around 2:40 in the afternoon.
Mr. Hernandez-Arellano was driving a Honda Civic with one passenger on Interstate 5 in the Southbound direction. His car collided with a semi-truck after he changed lanes and crossed into the semi-truck’s path. The two vehicles eventually stopped along the right shoulder of I-5.
Mr. Hernandez-Arellano was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. His passenger was injured and taken to a local hospital. The driver of the semi-truck did not suffer any physical injuries.
No additional details were available.
Thoughts on the fatal semi-truck accident that left 1 dead
Semi-trucks are inherently dangerous vehicles, and extreme care should be exercised when driving a semi-truck on public roadways. Before a legal strategy can be formulated, we must understand whether anything could have been done to prevent this collision.
Semi-trucks are generally equipped with safety technology to help prevent such an accident. The truck should be examined to determine whether the trucking company supplied its drivers with such safety technology in accordance with today’s safety standards. It must also be determined whether the driver of the semi-truck was properly trained on how to utilize the technology in a situation such as this. The condition of the semi-truck should also be investigated to determine whether the trucking company kept its trucks in good working condition. If routine maintenance could have prevented this accident, this information should be determined to hold the trucking company liable as necessary.
The driver of the semi-truck should also be interviewed to determine whether his actions could have prevented this accident. Drivers must maintain a safe speed, distance from other cars, and should always remain alert. If the driver of this truck was distracted or not following the rules of the road, this information could help hold the driver liable. If the driver was excessively tired and his reaction time was slowed, further investigation into the company’s policies should be completed.
An independent investigation should be conducted to determine what, if anything, could have been done to prevent this tragic accident and who should be held liable. Our firm provides free case reviews and investigations to ensure appropriate legal strategies are formed, and the injured receive the help they need during times of difficulty. Until then, we extend our condolences to Jacob’s family and pray the unidentified injured victim can make a full recovery.