Early this morning a fatal semi-truck accident happened on I-405 near I-90 in Bellevue, WA. A 24 year-old woman hit a deer on the 405 freeway and her car was disabled. She was waiting in her car for help when a semi-truck slammed into the rear of her car killing her in the process.
The Washington State Patrol Trooper on scene recommended that if your vehicle is disabled on a freeway, you should exit your car and wait on the side of the roadway.
Vehicles traveling at 60+ miles per hour in dark or dawn lighting conditions may not be able to stop in time or avoid a collision with your car. If a large commercial vehicle like a semi-truck hits a car at 60+ mph fatal consequences are often the result.
Collision like this are complicated from an insurance perspective. A driver needs to be able to respond to an emergency situation that appears in the roadway ahead. What the semi-truck driver did and didn't do will determine the extent of his negligence. Either way, the young woman's family has legal rights they can assert against the semi-truck. A wrongful death claim is likely in the future.
Our prayers go out to this young woman's family!