Man Killed in Seattle, WA Truck Accident at Goodwill on 6th Avenue
Seattle, WA -- October 8, 2019, a man sustained fatal injuries after an accident where a semi-truck ran him over at the Goodwill Outlet on 6th Avenue.
Seattle Police and Fire responded to the accident scene at around 10:40 a.m. It happened at the Goodwill store located at 1765 6th Avenue.
According to police, a man, said not to be an employee, was near some bushes on the outside of the Goodwill building where trucks make deliveries. A tractor-trailer was backing toward the building, somehow pinning the man between the trailer and the building.
Rescue teams came to the scene, but the man ultimately died from his injuries. Authorities questioned the truck driver who currently does not face charges or citations.
At this time, additional details remain unclear.
While the exact circumstances surrounding this incident need to be investigated, there are some concerning details that need to be considered. When someone is run over by a delivery truck at a business, there are two key factors to investigate.
The more obvious factor is why the truck driver didn't see the pedestrian. A lot of times, trucking companies will say that their trucks are too big and they had no way of seeing the pedestrian. That doesn't exactly hold up, though. Truck drivers have a responsibility to be aware of their surroundings. If they don't take reasonable steps to avoid hitting someone, they're responsible for a resulting accident.
But that's only part of the larger picture. It's also important to look at the premises where the incident occurred. It could be that the area itself is dangerous and led to the fatal incident. Recently, we litigated a case where that exact situation occurred.
In that case, a truck ran over a man at a loading dock while backing toward the building. While the truck driver didn't keep a proper lookout, the loading area itself was dangerous. Our investigations showed that the design of the driveway and the lax safety procedures put in place by the business created a hazardous environment, and a deadly accident was inevitable. With that evidence, the victim's family held both the trucking company and the business accountable for their negligence.
Again, it isn't clear what all contributed to this man's death. It's important that investigators look at this from all angles. Anyone who had a hand in this man's death needs to answer for their actions.
--Grossman Law Offices